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April 17, 2009 • Volume 7, Issue 26
Published for those serving in the Republic of Korea
1-72 AR welcomes its newest NCOs to the ranks Page 4
Humphreys families hunt for eggs during ‘Eggstravaganza’ Page 18
‘Tea for two’: Red Cloud hosts Korean tea tasting Page 7
Gen. Dunwoody visits Yongsan
Army’s first female four-star participates in local round-table, recognizes Soldiers
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, U.S. Army Materiel Command's Commanding General, presents a coin to Spc. Christopher Perez Nieves, Information Systems Operator Analyst for 8th U.S. Army G-4, on April 6 at Walker Room, 8th U.S. Army Headquarters, prior to a logistics roundtable discussion in Yongsan. Dunwoody is the first female four-star general in the history of the United States Army. View this photo online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Kim, Jun Sub
DoD civilians get taste of military life
U.S. Medical Command ‘Best Warrior’ competition determines NCO of the Year
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Department of Defense civilians from the Executive Leadership Development Program trained with Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, in order to help increase knowledge on what it's like to be a Soldier Mar. 25 at Rodriguez Live Fire complex. — Photo courtesy of 2ID
Sgt. David Dasilma (left), 121st Combat Support Hospital, Yongsan Garrison, representing the Pacific Regional Medical Command, swam and kicked his way to the finish line during the mystery event April 1, as part of the 2009 U.S. Army Medical Command Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year “Best Warrior” competition held at Madigan Army Medical Center and Fort Lewis, Wash. Dasilma was named the NCO of the Year. He will represent MEDCOM at the Army NCO and Soldier “Best Warrior” competition later this year. — U.S. Army photo by Lorin T. Smith – See Page 10 for story –
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By 1HBCT Public Affairs It is sometimes a challenge for civilians who have not served in the military to understand the work of the men and women serving in the Armed Forces. That’s why Department of Defense civilians from the Executive Leadership Development Program trained with Soldier’s from 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, in order to help increase knowledge on what it's like to be a Soldier and how they can help the future of the military Mar. 25 at Rodriguez Live Fire complex. The ELDP is a 10-month DOD training program in which 54-60 potential future leaders, within DOD and other agencies, are taken into the field to train with men and women in uniform so that they can make better decisions based on experience, not hearsay. “It’s critical for DOD civilians, like myself, who have no military experience, to get this kind of exposure to Soldiers in order to understand the challenges they go through and to make sure that we prioritize correctly the support that they need in the field,” said Sean Roberts, DOD desk officer and member of the current class of the ELDP program. During the training event, civilians were able to experience firsthand what it takes to get a Soldier combat ready by learning how to provide first aid care at the Medical Simulation Training Center, train on simulated weapons at the Engagement Field Trainer and finally actually firing a variety of weapons at Navajo Range. “Our intent was to get them away from ‘death by power point’ by giving them hands-on training," said Maj. Sung Kato, operations officer for 2-9 Inf. “I think this had a positive impact as they enjoyed getting their hands dirty, especially the live weapons fire portion.” Although the training was mostly to familiarize the ELDP class with some of the warrior tasks, Soldiers from 2-9 Inf. took their roles as instructors very seriously and were impressed at how well the class performed under pressure. “At one point we had one civilian putting on tourniquets to a wounded dummy while there were strobe lights, gunfire noises and us screaming in his ear,” said Pfc. Jimmaron Poole, a medic for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-9 Inf. “I was impressed with him as he kept his cool and got the job done.” Still, in order for the program to be truly well rounded, the students train with the various military branches so that the experiences they can draw upon is quite large. “We went to the Air Force Academy to see how Air Force leaders are trained and developed. At a Navy submarine learning center they learned how to stop leaks in the hull of a submarine, and they had three days with the Marine Corps learning what it’s like to be a new recruit,” said Kimberly Kessler, director for the DOD's Executive Leadership Development Program.” All this is so that they have a broad understanding of the military services as a whole.” While some may argue that the lessons could be learned just as well through less harsh tactics the ELDP motto is for their students to immerse themselves into
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the military life in order to have a better reference. “There’s a lot of things that the military does that is supported by the civilians everyday, and if they don’t understand what we’re doing as warfighters, they’ll never be able to fully appreciate the sacrifices that go on in the military as well as how to best support those that are away from home,” said Air Force Maj. Denise Hamilton, intelligence officer for US Forces Korea Headquarters and class member for the current ELDP. Chances like this training exercise are also a good way for the Soldiers and their leaders to demonstrate the capabilities today's Army has to offer. “We're able to show them the level of sophistication in our training and that we’re not just going out there pretending,” said Kato. Along with combat training, Soldiers and civilians have a chance to get to know one another better and to bond on a different level. “What I'll take away from this is the professionalism of our Soldiers and the sacrifice that they make on behalf of the country,” said Roberts. “It’s very difficult for a lot of citizens in the US to understand what they go through.” Soldiers also walked away with spirits high as spending time with the people they are trained to protect helps put a human face on what they are out fighting for. “The Soldiers came away feeling genuinely appreciated by the civilians," Kato said. "They did a fantastic job in representing the unit and the US Army.”
Yongsan quilters help wounded warriors, expectant mothers
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — About 10-15 expectant mothers living at least 30 minutes away stay at the Stork’s Nest on Yongsan each month to be close to Brian Allgood Community Hospital near their due dates. Seemingly unrelated, there are wounded warriors recovering from combat related injuries at other military hospitals; however, they do have one thing in common - Quilts. A local volunteer organization called Yongsan Quilters meets weekly to make baby quilts for expectant mothers on the peninsula who stay at the Stork’s Nest. They are also affiliated with the worldwide “Quilts of Valor” foundation that provides homemade quilts to injured troops. When approaching a quilters meeting there’s an unmatched orchestra of sounds that scale the clatter of sewing machines, chatter among friends, steam exhaust from irons and laughter. For them, it’s more than a charity group; it’s a sisterhood. “It’s always like this,” said Ingrid Risley, organization vice president, during a quilters meeting April 13. “We don’t just make quilts, we hang out. And we have a ‘secret sister’ program where we buy the same person a $5 gift every month, but on my birthday I opened my door to see mine had dropped off something extra.” At this particular meeting, the girls revealed themselves after a year of sharing. There was a siren of “Oh my goodness” and “It’s been you the whole time!” Their dedication to each other is no match to the sacrifices they make for the benefit of others. “Before we became an organization, we didn’t receive enough donations to cover the costs of QOV and paid about $900 a year
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Yongsan Quilters meet at the Army Community Services kitchen 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, except holidays and the first Monday of the month, to make quilts for wounded warriors and expectant mothers. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson out-of-pocket, on top of labor,” Risley said. “Somehow it all seems worth it because there’s no price on the feeling of receiving a homemade gift,” Cathi Ferri said, organization treasurer. “Just the other day I saw a woman who had her baby wrapped in one of our quilts. I was so excited to talk to her and when I did she was so grateful.” The group has also received feedback from troops who were injured in combat. “That’s what’s most rewarding right there, Risley said as she pointed to a picture of a Soldier giving a two-thumbs-up and smiling in a bed with his quilt. – See YONGSAN QUILTERS, Page 4 –
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DoDDS student re-registration reminder:
Each year all DoDDS students must re-register for the next school year. Re-registration packets were sent home with all current students and many were returned. However, as another means of contacting all parents for this process the Seoul Complex Schools will hold a reregistration day on April 17, 2009 at the SAHS Falcon Gym. This is a one day effort to reach any parents who have not yet re-registered their child for next school year. This re-registration process includes Pre-registration for next year’s Kindergarten students. Under new DoDEA guidelines; children must be 5 years old, on or before September 1, 2009, to be enrolled in the upcoming school year’s Kindergarten Class. We encourage all parents of children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2009 to Pre-register at SAHS Falcon Gym on Friday April 17, 2009. If parents have not yet re-registered their child and plan to come to this event bring these items: •Sponsor’s Orders and Extension Orders (if applicable) •Child’s Birth Certificate or Passport (Only Kindergarten and 1st Grade) •Immunization Records for Student Fo r f u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n please contact your child’s school administrator or the DoDDS Korea website (link available through www. usfl.mil).
Flower festivals abound this time of year throughout Korea. Visit www.tour2korea.com for information on spring events. See what’s blooming now by viewing flower photos online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Debbie Hong
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Off-post events and activities
Ancient Culture (Thru April 18) The festival, Daesong-dong Ancient Tombs and Sureungwon, includes some 40 exciting programs under six different categories, based on the theme of “the mysteries of the 2,000 year old Gaya culture.” Events include “The 4th Kingdom”, a fantasy musical that is a dramatization of the myth of King Suro; “King Suro’s Marriage”, which pays tribute to the marriage of King Suro and Heo Hwang-ok, the first international marriage in Korea; “Experience the Voyage of Queen Heo’s Ship” Visit www.tour2korea. com or http://gimhae_english.iacts.co.kr/main Spring Orchid Expo (Thru April 26) The Grand Park’s botanical garden is holding a display of 13,000 types of orchid. A total of 20,000 orchids from more than 600 flower growers will be arranged in four sections: “Garden of Spring Waltz,” “Orchids of the Jungle & Orchid Contest,” “Castle of Flowers & Melody of Orchids,” “Fantastic Archway,” “Pressed Flowers & Lecture on Growing Orchids.” This is also a chance to purchase good quality orchids at a reasonable price. This latest display is part of the program to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Seoul Grand Park this year. Visit www.tour2korea.com Lotus Lantern Fest The Lotus Lantern festival, which is held every year in Korea, commemorates the birth of Buddha. Many foreign tourists attend this festival, which provides a great opportunity to experience Korea’s Buddhist culture. The festival will be held from April 24-26 in the downtown areas of Seoul, Seoul Plaza, and Jogyesa temple. The main event of the festival is the magnificent lantern parade. Spectacular lantern floats shaped as dragons, pagodas, white elephants and more, as well as 100,000 individual lanterns will parade from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa temple.The main events of the Lotus Lantern festival will take place on Sunday April 26. For more information, go to www.llf. or.kr/eng/ of www.tour2korea.com Hi Seoul The Hi Seoul Festival will be held for nine days from May 2 - 10 under the theme of “Palaces”. A variety of events and cultural activities will take place in the five major palaces of Seoul, Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung, as well as at Seoul and Cheonggye Plazas. The opening parade, “Hot Pink Road” will feature various characters including a baby king, the Seoul Mask, sip-jang-saeng (the ten symbols of longevity), the twelve animals of the Eastern zodiac, and Haechi, the mythical animal that is the symbol of Seoul. Events will include the “Various Dance Party”, which will feature traditional music, rock bands, Latin dance, and hip-hop, and the “Various Traditional Games” event, where Seoul’s citizens and tourists can come together and experience Korea’s traditional culture. For more information, go to www.hiseoulfest.org or www. tour2korea.com Damyang’s Bamboo Park Damyang has long been known for its bamboo groves and is also popular for its bamboo cuisine and craftwork. An easy and convenient option is to take a tour bus that leaves from Gwangju Station every Saturday. This bus will take you to the 10 best spots in Damyang including the Damyang Bamboo museum, the Metasequoia Road, Damyangho lake, and Soswaewon garden. Visit www. tour2korea.com for details on trip planning. Mount Namsan The Namsan Circular Road, which connects the Namsan Library to Palgakjeong Pavilion and then to the National Theater in Jangchung-dong, offers a beautiful scenic route lined with forsythias, azaleas and cherry blossoms. Despite its height of 262 meters above sea level, Mt. Namsan is a fairly easy walk. There are a variety of ways up the mountain, with the most popular one starting from the Namsan Library along its walkway (takes 30-40 minutes to ‘Palgakjeong Pavillion,’ its summit). If you are interested in just seeing the mountain and its panoramic surroundings, take a cable car or a Namsan shuttle bus. Cable cars run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. If you take the cable car after dark, you can expect a splendid night view of downtown Seoul. Visit www. tour2korea.com for information. ‘Barefoot’ Tour (May 1-5) “Sopung” is a special program available at the 14th Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival, which is held in the Hadong region of Gyeongsangnam-do province. Participants will be able to walk barefoot through the Pyeongsari Barley Fields and along the silver-colored sands of the banks of the Seomjingang river. This program is available to all visitors from May 1- 5.This program will enable visitors to experience life at a slow pace and properly observe the beauty of Hadong’s natural surroundings. The area is untouched by pollution or urbanization. Participants will be led by a cultural guide and will encounter a variety of activities along the route, these include riding a wagon, which is pulled by a cow, writing down wishes on a weather vane, and drinking some of Hadong’s wild teas in a teahouse along the riverbank. The free 1-hour “Sopung” program will take place three times a day from May 1 to May 5 at 11:00am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm. Those wishing to participate can register at the booth located at the starting point of the course in Pyeongsari Park. For more details on the program visit www. tour2korea.com Jamsil Stadium Baseball Seoul’s biggest baseball stadium and the official home of the LG Twins and Doosan Bears is open for games. Visit www.tour2korea.com for ticket information.
KFN-CFC to hold Concert on Yongsan Garrison
Event: KFN will hold a commemoration concert April 21 Time: 7- 9 p.m. Place: Collier Field House, Yongsan Garrison, Seoul Attendees: The concert is for ROK-US Servicemembers and families Dress: Casual Performers will include : Top Korean celebrities, two Servicemember groups Host: : ROK-US CFC-KFN
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This Week’s Profile in Service:
2009: Year of the NCO
Unit recognizes newest NCOs
1-72 AR conducted its first quarterly NCO Induction Ceremony April 2. The event highlighted the Year of the NCO, inducted new NCOs, and allowed the recently-promoted sergeants to be recognized. View photos from this event online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army courtesy photo
The quilt making process starts with finding the right fabrics. “We have a guy in Dongdaemoon that we get fabrics from and sometimes it can be quite a task getting it all back here especially when we’re trying to load it up on the subway,” quilters president Adele Forte said. “And once we get it back here it has to be washed, ironed and cut.” Many of the people who join the group are not experienced quilters. “We get people who say ‘I can iron and I’d like to join but I can’t sew,’” Forte said “We can teach people who want to be a part of this group and one of our volunteers even gives a class once a week.” The group meets 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, except the first Monday of the
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month and holidays, at the Yongsan Army Community Services kitchen. “We encourage anyone who would like to join to just stop by,” Risley said “The meetings include potluck lunches and sometimes we meet up at each other’s houses.” “If we’re behind schedule, I’ll call a UFO ‘unfinished objects night’ and sometimes we can get together at 6:30 until midnight,” Forte said. “We had one woman show up with questions about a personal project and when she tried to leave we all pitched in to help her finish the job right there. We’re our own support group.” To contact Yongsan Quilters, e-mail [email protected]
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Family members find answers from TRICARE
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs CASEY GARRISON — Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, deputy director and program executive officer of the TRICARE management activity, office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, D.C., came to the USAGCasey Community Activity Center with his wife, Brenda, April 8 to brief Family members, Soldiers, Civilians, and Retirees about improvements to TRICARE coverage and other access situations. “When we were here in October last year, my wife and I made a promise we would go back and work with Gen. Walter (Skip) Sharp, commander United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea, and the staff of the medical brigade, and in my area of responsibility in TRICARE, and make some policy changes. One was allowing command sponsorship and tour normalization. The second thing was making sure, as we get ready to put an overseas managed care support contract in place, certain things need to happen on the Korean peninsula from the line leadership and in our line of leadership in Washington, D.C. We have been able to make all those things happen for everybody except for retirees and the Civilian workforce.” After meeting with senior military and medical command personnel in Korea, progress is being made for retirees and the Civilian workforce, Granger explained. “Everyone in uniform and retirees have given our nation a blank check that allows our nation to send them anywhere, most of the time allowing them to take their Families, to go and defend what we believe: democracy, our interests around the world, and our way of life; to defend the nation around the globe or at home. They deserve the best we can offer with TRICARE and this entitlement program. What we are doing in coming back here is making sure we are filling that commitment and the Army Family Covenant.” The changes, which were promised by the leadership on the peninsula and in Washington, D.C, have taken place and are taking place, Granger explained. “You can see the changes at USAGCasey and on USAG-Humphreys,” Granger said. “We are now seeing Families in the Troop Medical Clinic whether command sponsored or not. Gen. Sharp has put in the right policies and procedures and he has the right support back in Washington, D.C. to move forward and do this over time.” The last thing they will do is award a contract as an over arching umbrella to coordinate all medical care so clinic commanders and doctors are not worried about managing memorandums of understanding among a lot of local Korean hospitals, Granger explained. “The last time I was here, I came to the group and I wanted find out what was needed in health care,” said Brenda, wife of Maj. Gen. Granger. “I also came to represent the Military Child Education Coalition. I am back this time to bring you answers to your health issues.” The first question Brenda had for the group last year was ‘what is working.’ She wrote a report to Gen. Sharp based on the information she gathered in October. “The answer I got from the group then was Family practice physicians were good doctors,” she said. “The military treatment center has a signup sheet for flu shots, and Family members liked that. Immunizations are available when appointments are scheduled ahead of time, which is good. Army Community Services have health and education information, the Families thought that was working. Dental care with Chicago Dental and Concordia was working except for Family members.” The common situations needing work among USAG-Humphreys, USAG-Yongsan and USAG-Casey were access to health care, or getting an appointment. Emergency resources and continuity of care are also on the list for needing work, along with benefits for spouses and Family members. She found all three garrisons had transportation problems in getting to doctor’s appointments and the costs involved. “In the ‘what we can do more of’ category I wrote in my report: work with units so the Soldier is not penalized for taking the spouse to the doctor when there is no transportation available.” “This has been our lifelong commitment as public servants,” Granger said. “We are patriots and patriotism has been in our hearts since we put on the uniform. Brenda and I will come back and visit because it is always good to visit where you have been before to see how it grows.”
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Maj. Gen. Elder Granger (left), Deputy Director and Program Executive officer , TRICARE, greets Lt. Col. Yong Cha, Officer in Charge of the USAG-Casey Troop Medical Center, during a town hall gathering of Soldiers and Family members in the USAG-Casey Community Activity Center April 8. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Brenda Granger, wife of Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, director of TRICARE, addresses Soldiers and Family members during a town hall regarding health care in the CAC on Casey — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Bosandong beautification to start soon
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs DONGDUCHEON, South Korea — Mayor Oh, Sechang of Dongducheon and his city engineers have decided to give the area outside USAG-Casey’s main gate a face lift. They will be changing the looks and adding many new features to the area known as Bosandong village. Many enjoy the entertainment and shopping, which has been a feature of the area since the Korean War ended in 1950. The mayor and his engineers will add popular sports sections and popular shops such as those found in Itaewon in Seoul near USAG-Yongsan. “Ever since the end of the Korean War, Bosandong flourished with Soldiers who would shop in the area,” said Jeon, HeungSik, Dongducheon Mayor’s Office particular operation region division engineer. “In 2004, the 2nd Brigade left USAG-Casey, which reduced the number of U.S. Soldiers in the area and the plan to relocate the Soldiers to USAG-Humphreys will change the customer base for good. Because Bosandong’s customer base has declined, the area has become run down. The mayor and Dongducheon City will renovate the area to attract customers of all kinds, including tourists not only from other parts of Korea, but from overseas as well.” Plans have been in the making since 2007 and now the contracting for renovating the infrastructure, including hiding power lines, renovating sewer, drainage and water, has been completed. The main avenue, Broadway, will be made wider to accommodate more traffic and will include more parking lots and parks, said Kim, Dong-Hoon, Dongducheon particular operation region division engineer. “Construction will start in May,” Jeon said. “There will be a special monument placed at the entrance of the area and a monument placed in front of the park before other construction begins.” After placing monuments in the area, the construction contractors will pave Broadway with a special type of pavement, which will add luster to the streets, Kim explained. Before the special pavement can be put down, they will eliminate the overhead electrical power lines to further add a more open and cleaner look to the area. “All the old CONEX (military shipping container) buildings will be removed first,” Jeon said. “They will be hauled away from the beginning to improve the look of the area.” Sports facilities, tennis courts and badminton courts, will be placed under the train overpass along with more parking lots. The area will be cleaned up with gardens and paved, Kim said. “For now we are emphasizing the infrastructure, but in the future there will be about 300 small businesses in the area,” Jeon said. “The first thing we will do for the existing businesses is replace the old signs with new ones to make the fronts of the buildings more attractive.”
Bosandong as it is today. Popularly known as the ‘ville; ‘ the city has earmarked 5 billion won for renovation to begin the first week of May. — Courtesy photo
Bosandong as renovated in the future. This area will be transformed into a popular tourist attraction and will feature more than 300 shops. — Courtesy photo
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News & Notes
BOSS Programs Everland Amusement Park trip May 2 on public transportation round trip. For more information call: 732-7167. Organizational Self Assessment Survey The USAG-RC Organizational Self Assessment survey will come in your e-mail in May. Responses will be returned directly to IMCOM (Stateside). All responses will be handled confidentially and will not be tracked back to you. For more information call: 7326229/8127. Volunteer Recognition Award Ceremony The USAG-Red Cloud community and the 2nd Infantry Division will hold a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony April 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Mitchell’s Club on USAG-RC. For more information call: 730-3032/3107. Spouses Orientation Program The Spouses Orientation Program for April is scheduled for USAG-Casey April 28 in the Army Community Services classroom, and at USAG-Red Cloud April 21 in the FMWR classroom. For more information call: 730-3107. EEO/POSH Training Schedule EEO/POSH training schedules for USAGRC are: April 24. Supervisory from 9 to 10 a.m., non supervisory 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the FMWR Conference Room. Schedules for USAG-Casey are: April 20 in the Digital Conference Center 9 a.m. to noon for supervisory, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for non supervisory. For more information call: 732-6273. BOSS Beach Blast Weekend Better Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers will hold a Beach Blast Weekend June 12 - 14 on Daecheon Beach. For more information call: 732-9190 Army Benefits Center Briefing The Army Benefits Center will be conducting an ABC-Civilian overview April 23 and 24 at USAG-RC in the CPAC training room. For more information call: 732-9060. USAG-RC DHR and IMO Grand Opening Area I Directorate of Human Resources and Information Management Offices will host a ribbon cutting ceremony April 21 at 10 a.m. out side building 611. For more information call: 732-6762. Noise Abatement National Testing Days USFK will conduct noise abatement procedures across the Republic of Korea from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. today, in support of Republic of Korea National Testing Days. For more information call: 723-5624. Army Earth Day Poster Contest Directorate of Public Works will host Army Earth Day poster contest award ceremony on the Gateway Club courtyard April 22. For more information call: 732-6838. April Entertainment Schedule Comedy ROKs with FMWR will play in Stanley’s Reggie’s Club tonight at 7 p.m. For more information call: 732-7050. HHD Prayer Breakfast Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment USAG-Casey will hold a prayer breakfast May 1 at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $10 at the door. For more information call: 730-3266.
Destructive weather preparations underway in Area I
By Margaret Banish-Donaldson USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON – Every year Korea experiences seasonal rains from June 1 through Sept. 30. These rains can cause floods, which are one of weather’s most deadly hazards. Floods come in two varieties, flash floods and the kind often called ‘river floods’ or ‘main stream floods.’ The name flash flood tells the story. They occur when heavy rain or a broken dam cause a sudden rise in the level of a stream, often a small, harmless-looking stream. Floods, especially flash floods, kill more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, wind storms or lightning. The USAG-RC commander and his staff are aware of these threats and are taking mitigation actions now to lessen their effects by taking risk assessments of facilities, exercise locations, and training areas. “Historically, about twice a year typhoons make landfall in Korea with accompanying damage by high winds and local flooding from heavy rains,” said Dustin Welin, emergency operations and plans specialist, Directorate for Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “Monsoons and typhoons, during a 30 to 40 day period, account for more than 50 percent of Korean’s annual rainfall. Upon receipt of a destructive weather advisory, point warning, or flood warning, units and individuals initiate response procedures to protect life, equipment and property.” Lessons learned from past disasters have caused U.S. military officials to have plans and people on the installation prepared for their parts. Key elements of the severe weather plan include: planning, flood warning, destructive weather, postdestructive weather recovery and many lessons learned.
Firefighters and emergency responders close the north floodgates during a readiness exercise in 2006. In an emergency, they would open the gates and clear tree limbs and debris from the path of the water. View this photo at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — Courtesy photo
“In1998, the flood waters weakened part of the mountain that overlooks Camp Stanley,” said Doug Wessel, operations, plans and security officer, DPTMS. “The terrific weight and power of the water sent mud, rocks and large boulders crashing down the mountain. Furthermore, four U.S. Soldiers and more than 300 Korean civilians were killed during the 1998 monsoon season. In 1999, a 2nd Infantry Division Soldier died in a flash flood in Warrior Country, and the rains of 2006 caused floods at USAG-Casey golf course.” During emergency conditions, the action phase of a plan goes into gear. “Preparing for disaster helps everyone accept the fact that disasters do happen, and provides an opportunity to identify and collect the resources needed to meet basic needs after a disaster,” Welin said. “Preparation helps; when people feel prepared, they cope better.”
Clean-up heralds spring at Red Cloud Garrison
USAG-Red Cloud Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender, and Richard C. Davis, deputy garrison commander, perform spring clean-up April 9 around the USAG-RC building T-613. In preparation for spring, Lavender and Davis joined Headquarters and Headquarters Company Soldiers by picking up trash, raking pine needles and cones, cleaning drainage areas, removing tree branches from across the facility and pulling weeds from around the trees. — U.S. Army photo by Margaret BanishDonaldson
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up for at ACS for briefings regarding child abuse and other concerns which can be given to individuals, groups or units, including Civilian units, Taalib said. “We have a Military and Family Life Consultant Program which can provide short term resolution and short term counseling with no documentation required. If someone finds themselves under stress with parenting or adjusting to military life, they can come in and see one of our consultants.” Because the Army wants to make sure the Army families remain healthy, the Army provides programs to prevent incidents such as child abuse and sexual assault which can come about due to the stresses common to military life or unusual stress frequent relocations and other stressors come to bear on the Army Family, Taalib explained. “We want to make sure people know the programs and services are here,” she said. “Come and talk to us before things get out of hand.”
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Red Cloud celebrates Month of the Military Child
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs R E D C LO U D G A R R I S O N — Celebrations for the Month of the Military Child got underway in the Red Cloud Food Court April 10 when members of Army Community Services staked out a corner filled with information about how to prevent child abuse and other areas of parenting. “April is Month of the Military Child,” said Joann Taalib, ACS family advocacy program specialist. “It is also Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Prevention Month; we have three things wrapped up in one. What we are doing in Area I is getting out where Soldiers, Civilians and Family members go to let them know we have services and programs to assist Families and especially Families with children.” For those curious about the programs ACS offers regarding family life, they will find brochures and programs they can sign
Joann Taalib (left), ACS Family advocacy program specialist, explains the ACS literature to Pvt. Beth Ipsen (right of Taalib) while Claudia Figuroa (right rear), ACS volunteer, shows Family advocacy material to Pfc. Gregory Good during the Month of the Military Child celebration in the USAG-RC Food Court April 10. — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham If someone knows of child abuse being committed they can report to 911 or the military police, Taalib continued. “If anyone in the Army community has any questions regarding something as simple as how to deal with a new born baby, how to deal with a teenager, or how do I cope with my husband’s deployment when I am home with the children; come to ACS Family Advocacy and we point you in the right direction,” she said. “There is a lot of information here people can use,” said Pfc. Gregory Good. “All any Family needs is here today.”
(from left to right) Adam Wrobleski tells his mother, Gosia Wroblewski, how the Korean tea taste while she smiles joyfully during a Korean Tea Handling Ceremony at the Dongducheon Volunteer Center, March 31. View or download this photo online at www.flickr.com/imcomkorea— U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jamal Walker
Warrior Country community experiences Korean culture
By Pfc. Jamal Walker USAG-RC Public Affairs C A S EY G A R R I S O N —Warrior Country community members experienced a piece of Korean culture and history during a Korean Tea Handling Ceremony at the Dongducheon Volunteer Center, March 31. “The event aims to bring Korean cultural awareness to military Families in the USAG-Casey/Hovey area,” said Sally Hall, USAG-Casey Community Activities Center manager who brings many Korean cultural events for community members to experience; the first being a showcase of Chuseok celebrations in September 2008. Participants in the event met at the Casey CAC where a bus transported them to the Dongducheon Volunteer Center. The participants moved to the auditorium where Mayor Oh Sechang, of Dongducheon welcomed everyone with a few remarks about ancient Korea and its tea history. “This country values the tea ceremony in a different way,” Oh said. “China values its fragrance, Japan values its color, and Korea values its flavor and elegance. For today’s tea ceremony I would like all to experience the appropriate greeting and etiquette through the tasting of various teas.” After Oh spoke, children from a local school demonstrated the proper etiquette for an official tea handling ceremony to the audience so they would know what to do. The children showed how to bow during the ceremony and how, when drinking the first three times, the drinker is to place the tea on their navel and look at the color, then drink from their heart, after which the drinker is to smile in their heart before drinking for the second time. The third drink from the cup is where the drinker tastes the tea’s flavor. Christine Drain, a family member, watched the children and was impressed with the importance tea ceremonies were to Koreans. Next, the school children led the group of participants to the third floor of the
Dongducheon Volunteer Center where they participated in their own Korean tea handling ceremony, drinking tea provided by the Myung Won Cultural Foundation. After the ceremony, the group tried more tea in an informal environment with additional refreshments before returning to USAG-Casey. “The event went well,” Hall said. “Educating the participants about the history and traditions of tea ceremonies in the orient, highlighting the cultural significance of tea ceremonies in Korea, is a good experience. Some of us are here for only a year or two and experiences such as this are rare and give unusual insight to Korean culture.”
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Yard contest Community dog park gets official opening to offer prizes
By Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs
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People will be getting noticed for taking pride in their homes ...
By Cpl. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Garrison officials are starting a “Yard of the Month” program open to Yongsan Family Housing residents. “If you spend a lot of time in your yard and take pride in your home, now is a good chance to prove that your yard is the best in town,” said U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Housing Officer Carol Jones. Public Works inspectors will be looking for neatly trimmed bushes, a properly displayed name, yard cleanliness and more. Judges will select two winning y a rd s e a c h m o n t h ; o n e i n t h e government leased housing areas - Bl a c k H a w k , It a e w o n Ac re s and Eagle Grove - and one in the government owned housing area. “We are very excited to have this program finally kicked off,” Jones said. “We will be looking at overall yard appeal, appearance and maintenance; including flower beds, shrubs and bushes.” Burt’s Self Help is the premier place for competitors to go to borrow tools and get free flowers while supplies last. “We know that many residents do spend a lot of time in their yards and they show their pride with lots of hard work. Jones said. “This will recognize those residents and hopefully encourage other residents to participate and help beautify Yongsan.” Judges will take yard types and s i ze s i n t o c o n s i d e r a t i o n w h e n selecting winners. “Regular maintenance is a must in this competition,” Jones said. “Even if a yard looks beautiful for a solid week, our inspectors will be going back to make sure yards are being kept up.” The program will continue for at least six months, depending weather conditions. Winners will receive a “Yard of the Month” sign that they can place in their yard for one calendar month. They will also receive Army and Air Forces Exchange Service and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation $25 gift certificates.
YONGSAN GARRISON — Nearly 300 community members and their four-legged friends celebrated the official opening of Yongsan Dog Park April 11 with a ribbon cutting, cake cutting dog agility and obedience demonstrations. The quality of life that started in October will provide a safe environment for dogs to get off the leash 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. “The garrison leadership realized what pets mean to the community,” said Don Moses, deputy garrison commander. “In a place like Korea where there’s limited green space, we wanted to provide a venue where pets can run and play without being on the leash.” Garrison officials hope a designated place for dogs will encourage pet owners to keep a cleaner garrison. “The park helps us with our ball fields because people are using ball fields for taking their dogs out now,” Moses said. “We’d rather keep the ball fields clean, and have a place for pets as well.” Although the playground will be open to anyone, there are several rules. Dog owners may have up to two dogs in the park at one time. Owners are responsible and liable for their dogs and their actions. Dogs that are aggressive or in heat are not allowed within the area and bringing children’s toys or playing human sports, such as football or baseball, are prohibited. Furthermore, owners must register their dogs with the Yongsan Veterinary Treatment Facility and have current shot records on file in order to use the playground. “This is a great place to take my pet,” said Raluca Rorrer. “We have a wideopen field that is fenced-in so I can feel safe letting her run free.”
An animal trainer runs an obstacle course with her dog during agility and obedience demonstrations April 11 at the official opening of the Yongsan Dog park. For more photos, visit www.flickr.com/usag-yongsan— U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun
Community members and their ‘best friends’ gather for the official ribbon cutting. Right: Children in attendance play with the dogs. — U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Hwang Joon-hyun Community members are encouraged to bring balls or Frisbees and have fun with their pets. The Yongsan Dog Park is located near the Yongsan Pet Care Center, Building S-5256 at the South Post Visitor Center Gate. For information, call 738-5254.
Yongsan to sign new covenant
By David McNally USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Garrison officials will sign a new covenant Saturday looking to boost quality of life. U . S . A r m y G a r r i s o n - Yo n g s a n Commander Col. Dave Hall will sign the Child, Youth and School Services Covenant at the start of the Community Fun Fair, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Child Development Center parking lot. The promise is designed to build a stronger corps or CYSS employees by adding incentives and benefits. “Finding employees to serve Yongsan youth has always been a challenge,” School Liaison Officer Eskeletha Dorsey explained. “This new covenant will help us to attract and maintain a quality workforce.” The covenant represents the work USAGYongsan is doing “to build a partnership with Army Families that enhances their strength and resilience.” “This builds on the promise we made in the Army Family Covenant,” Hall said.
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“In April, we observe the Month of the Military Child. What better time to renew our promise? Better yet, what better time to enter into an even stronger covenant.” In the new covenant, USAG-Yongsan will promise pay adjustments to CYSS employees with their annual appraisal. These adjustments will be from three to 10 percent of the employees’ current salary. “We want to showcase our commitment to building a quality workforce worthy of taking care of our most important asset,” Hall said. The garrison will offer any new full-time staff an immediate $1,000 job recruitment bonus. To keep the bonus, the employee must work at least one year. Part-time employees will also receive the bonus, but it will be paid at the completion of one year of employment. “The key to a great program is getting and keeping super employees,” Hall said. “As part of our initiative, current employees who successfully recruit a new employee will receive a $500 bonus after the new employee serves three months.” The garrison is also giving a 50 percent reduction in child care fees for CYSS
employees with children enrolled in the CDC or After School-Age Services programs. Additionally, the Garrison will support and endorse an exception to policy for a second vehicle for employees who complete the CYSS mission. This is contingent on the support of the sponsor’s unit. The CYSS covenant also promises tuition assistance for job related courses. Also, self-sponsored CYSS employees who have served three months or more to register a vehicle to support their mission. The garrison entered into the Army Family Covenant in December 2007. Senior Army leaders continue to express a commitment to the tenants of that promise. “We recognize the strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families,” Hall said. “What we’re doing at Yongsan is enhancing that promise and making a better community.” Families are invited to attend the signing ceremony and the Community Fun Fair 11 a.m. Saturday. The fair will continue through 2 p.m. with games, music, information booths and prizes.
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2009 Summer Hire Program Apply now for the 2009 Summer Hire Program! Check the vacancy announcements online at http://cpocwww.korea.army.mil now through April 24 for college students and May 22 for high school students. For information, call 738-3603. Good Neighbor English Camp Volunteers U.S. Forces Korea is looking for volunteer host families to provide a home stay program to one or more Korean high school students attending the 2009 Good Neighbor English Camp May 18-23. Volunteers would provide a room, some meals and transportation. Cots are available. For information, call 723-7669. Yongsan Community Fun Fair Come out and join the fun 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 18. The USAG-Yongsan commander will kick off the event with the signing of the Child, Youth and School Services Covenant. There will be prizes, games and fun at the Child Development Center parking lot. Everyone is welcome! For information, call 738-5556. Family Readiness Group Meeting Join us in the new Family Center at Building 2215 behind the Main Post Library 6 p.m. April 23 for a briefing on PCS/ Relocation Services and Entitlements from Army Community Service. There is a children’s playroom. You don’t have to be moving soon to attend and get some valuable information. For information, call 723-2585. Volunteer of the Year Celebration Join us Friday, April 24 for the Volunteer of the Year Celebration at the Main Post Club Underground! Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and THE celebration at 7 p.m. RSVP to attend. For information, call 738-7510. Yolanda Adams Concert The community is invited to a Yolanda Adams concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The location has been changed to the Seoul American High School Auditorium. Yolanda Adams is a Grammy and Dove-award winning American Gospel music singer and radio show host. For information, call 738-5254. Child Care During Mandatory “Stand Down For Standards” Recall Formation The Child Development Center is offering childcare Saturday, April 25, for those with children who normally attend the center during the week, to help ensure all Soldiers can attend the mandatory Saturday morning formation followed by training. For information, call 738-5556. Magic Show FMWR is sponsoring the comedy, magic and illusions of Joe Holiday. The performance is 7 p.m. April 27 and will be at the Collier Field House. For information, call 738-5254/8608. Baby Shower Expecting a Baby? Join us for a day of education and fun! 1-4 p.m. May 2. This event is sponsored by the Family Advocacy Program of Army Community Service. For information, call 738-8861 For a complete list of community information news and notes, visit the USAG-Yongsan official web site at http://yongsan.korea.army.mil
Faces of strength:
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Ambitious NCO leads by example
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — There’s an Army noncommissioned officer who works at the Acute Care Clinic inside Brian Allgood Community Hospital who has yet to deploy, but feels fearless and confident about leading Soldiers into combat. Sgt. David Dasilma, a published author and winner of the U.S. Army Medical Command “Best Warrior-NCO of the Year” award, says he learns how to succeed through inspiration from other Soldiers and his military experiences. “It’s important to be the Soldier you’re trying to develop,” Dasilma said. “My command sergeant major (Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Ecker) said his job is to be the No. 1 Soldier in this battalion. I thought I was the best but he can outrun, outshoot ... He just is that example and I want to follow exactly in his footsteps.” Dasilma said he holds himself to a higher standard. “People shouldn’t be able to beat me if I’m going to lead them, period,” he said. “That’s not going to happen every time, but as long as that’s your goal and you’re striving to be the very best - How can you be bad? You can’t.” In addition to learning from senior leaders, Dasilma believes it is just as important to learn and develop from the influences of subordinates. “I learned from going to year boards to
Disalma have my Soldiers write essays about different topics like what they would do to make the Army better, why they joined and how their experiences have been so far.” Disalma said. “The most important thing I’ve learned from them is that if a Soldier does choose to get out after their initial term, it’s still a blessing to have them here putting their best foot forward everyday - rather than coasting through their twenty.” Disalma has written two books that have been published in the past two years. His first book, “The Student Council” was in the works of being published when he first joined the Army. He wrote his second book
“Heaven’s Devils” in four months. “Being in the Army and being an NCO has taught me a lot about time management,” Disalma said. “I used to be a bit of a procrastinator, but now if I know I have a fourhour block of free time, I set that time aside and do nothing but write for four hours.” Disalma also won the U.S. Army Medical Command “Best Warrior-NCO of the Year” award. He failed to win a board on the 8th U.S. Army level last year and said he thought it was the end. He was scheduled to attend a Special Forces selection class in late January, but then learned he had another shot at becoming “NCO of the Year.” “I saw this as a way to benefit future Soldiers, my command and myself,” Disalma said. “Tasks performed at competitions are great training and I saved some of the op orders for local training.” Disalma said his accomplishments and lessons learned from attending boards strengthened his confidence as a leader, and he feels senior leaders have more confidence in him. “This competition is a measure of your Army knowledge - Every aspect of being a Soldier and soldiering,” Disalma said. “Every command sergeant major is going to trust you in those programs that you’re simulating at the board. I’ve never been deployed, but I feel very confident to lead my Soldiers into combat.”
Troop claims ‘Best Warrior-NCO of the Year’
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Many Soldiers try to be the best, but few can claim the title. A 65th Medical Brigade Soldier has earned that right. Health Care Specialist Sgt. David Dasilma won the U.S. Army Medical Command “Best Warrior-NCO of the Year” competition at Fort Lewis, Wash. April 3. Dasilma now stands a one in 12 chance at becoming the Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year in October. Judges scored the troops on their knowledge and skills attained from the “Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks,” an oral board, a written test, an essay, weapons qualification and physical training scores and a mystery event. Dasilma said Soldier tasks and boards are second nature to him and he has a 300 PT score; however, the mystery event was a stump on his path at winning. “There was a swimming event to save a casualty and I didn’t know how to swim,” Dasilma said. “All I could do was treat it like a real situation and revert back to the warrior ethos. You can’t put one in front of the other, but ‘I will never quit’ and ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade’ were really on my mind as I managed my way through the event.” One category that set Dasilma apart from the others was “interacting with news and media.” “You had an Iraqi insurgent to take
Community looks to hire students
By Cpl. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center is taking applications for college and high school students summer jobs. “I think this is a very good program that will give students exposure to what it’s like working for the federal government,” said Susan Fleming, CPAC. “Students in the past have been very satisfied with the program.” Last year 139 students found jobs through the summer hire program. “I worked at CPAC last summer for a month,” Brandon Walden, 10th grade, Seoul American High School, said. “I worked eight hours a day which really helped me with my worth ethic. I had never worked that long before.” The college program will run May 11-Sept. 25. The high school program has two sessions that run June 22-July 17 and July 20- Aug. 14. All students between ages 14 and 22 may apply for the high school sessions but priority will be given to students who are 16 and up. Students may participate in one session only. Potential job sites include Yongsan Garrison, The Far East Directorate compound near Dongdaemoon, Sung Nam Golf Club and K-16 Air Base. Application deadlines are 5 p.m. April 24 for college students and 5 p.m. May 22 for high school students. For information, call 738-3603, or visit http://cpoc-www.korea.army.mil/chra/ ag1cp/AreaII/summer_hires.htm.
Sgt. David Dasilma briefs Pvt. Kim Seongmin on how to conduct a mission. — U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson down right there on the lane and right after you detained them the press would come up to you,” Dasilma said. “A lot of the other competitors forgot they were still in the task and started answering all kinds of question that would raise OPSEC issues. I realized that nobody said the training was over and afterwards I found out ‘Yes, we were graded on that task.’” Disalma quickly excelled from earning “NCO of the Month” in January to claiming victory in April for the annual Medical Command competition. “Anybody can go to the ‘NCO of the Month’ board and that’s the only way to work your way up to this level,” he said. “Now I have a chance to be ‘NCO of the Year’ for the U.S. Army during the ‘Year of the NCO.’ That’s huge.” “NCO of the Year” competitions are set to take place Sept. 26-Oct. 5 at Fort Lee, Va., and be announced in Washington D.C.
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“NCOs, this marks the beginning of your journey as leaders in our Army.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Winzenreid IMCOM-Korea
celebrates 2009 as the “Year of the Noncommissioned Officer.” Another inductee, Sgt. Sandy Ackerman of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 41st Signal Brigade, vowed to utilize “everything I have learned to train my soldiers and to give proper direction and motivation to do their jobs.” Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rusch gave credit to Yongsan Readiness Center Sgt. 1st Class Marcia Matthews for organizing the event. “Also, the Noncommissioned Officer Association gave the inductees a free one-year membership,” Rusch said. “Command Sergeant Major Winzenried gave them a coin and a signed certificate welcoming them into the Corps, as well as the NCO Guide on digits.” The guest speaker, the senior enlisted leader in Korea, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Winzenried, encouraged the NCOs to find a role model. “NCOs, this marks the beginning of your journey as a leader in our Army and I advise you to find a role model for this is critical to your development as a leader,” he said. “They’re easy to find. Always look around for the NCOs that Soldiers are going to for advice and guidance.” The experienced leader also emphasized the need to
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Soldiers enter NCO corps with rite of passage
By Cpl. Choi Keun-woo USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Senior enlisted leaders welcomed 16 new noncommissioned officers into the corps with an NCO Induction Ceremony April 14 at the Yongsan Multipurpose Training Facility. The new sergeants participated in a unique ceremony to assume on the mantle of role models and leaders of Soldiers. “The NCO Induction Ceremony is a time-honored rite of passage into the NCO Corps that brings meaning to what being an NCO is all about,” said 1st Sgt. Darrin Costello, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. “It’s a great way to honor the NCO Corps and to honor Soldiers who are being inducted to the NCO Corps.” After the arrival of the official party, USAG-Yongsan Command Sgt. Maj. Rusch lit three candles symbolizing valor and hardiness, purity and innocence, and perseverance and justice. Following the candle-lighting ceremony, 1st Sgt. Robert Wingers, 1st Sgt. Ramona Geiger, 1st Sgt. Willie Grandison and 1st Sgt. Darrin Costello marched onto the stage to form an arch of swords under which the 16 Soldiers walked through to become NCOs. “I worked a long time to be in this position,” Sgt. Michael Fillingim said. “It feels great to be an NCO and I will do my best to give proper guidance to my Soldiers, so that they are ready to fight on the battlefield.” The induction ceremony took on a special meaning as the Army
Senior enlisted leaders welcome new noncommissioned officers to the corps with an induction ceremony April 14 at the Yongsan Multipurpose Training Facility. For more photos, visit www.flickr. com/usag-yongsan. — U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Choi Keun-woo enforce military standards. “Deep inside we all want to be liked,” he said. “We may be afraid that by enforcing rules the Soldiers may not like us. That may happen, but it is much more important to be respected than liked. So I encourage everyone to be role models and task you to follow the creed.” Finally, he closed his remarks with a meaningful question, which left all the NCOs in the room with something to think about. “Remember it’s all about standards and discipline,” he said. “Remember all Soldiers are entitled to good leadership. Will you provide it?”
BOSS Factor turns into day of fun
By Spc. Jason C. Adolphson USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers put their own spin on the popular game show “Fear Factor” that pits contestants against each other to complete a series of stunts faster than the others in “BOSS Factor.” A total of 21 two-player teams competed and about 200 people showed up overall, more than twice the turn out from when BOSS sponsored the event last year. The game of elimination boiled down to four teams in the final event; an obstacle course that ended with chugging a half gallon of chocolate soy milk. The runners-up in fourth place, military Family members Tina Odum and Michelle Sundin - “F3” (Fear Factor Friends) were coined by the host as the “Cinderella Team.” “Their motivation and drive to stick in there amongst men and Soldiers and bare it out all the way to the end made this event what it was today,” Spc. Keith Jenkens said, game host and installation BOSS vice president. “Did we expect to win - Absolutely,” Odum said. “It was a lot of fun and they did an amazing job putting this event together,” she said as she held her stomach. “Taking those shots was the most challenging part of the day - two hours later and I still feel like I’m going to hurl.” The “BOSS Specialty” shot contest seemed to be unanimously the greatest
BOSS Factor contestants get dizzy and blindfolded as they pour ice water on their partners’ head April 11 at Lombardo Field. — U.S. Army photos by Spc. Jason C. Adolphson challenge among the contestants. “I’m tired and my stomach is hurting from those shots,” Staff Sgt. Mike Velasquez, “Team Ram-Rod” third-place, said before the obstacle course. “There were five shots of this really hot stuff lined up and I took all of mine in 20 seconds to win in that event.” Despite the pain, courtesy of the “BOSS Specialty,” contestants enjoyed playing and spectators enjoyed the show. “It was so gross when they were bobbing in a mix with pig feet, dog and cat food, sardines and tuna for key chains to undo a lock,” Sgt. 1st Class
‘Team Ram Rod’ takes turns chugging a half gallon of chocolate soy milk to complete the final obstacle. Kelli Daniels said. “You could smell it from the audience, but it was a fun event and everyone was giving a lot of support. I don’t think I’ve had this much fun at an event since KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week last year.” “This event went beyond my imagination,” Sundin said. “I’d love to bring this to the Korean community as a Good Neighbor program.” First-place winners, “The Savages” Spc. Alex Reya and Pfc. Barron Clark, said this isn’t the end of their competing. “We’re going to use our $500 prize for Expert Field Medical Badge supplies,” Reyna said. “EFMP is a medic contest coming up in April. The physical part of today’s events helped us to prepare, but at least I won’t have to take those shots again.” “This was a lot of fun and it feels good to win,” Clark said. “The next BOSS event we’re looking forward to is the ‘Beach Blast.’” Beach Blast is an event to provide a weekend of outdoor recreational activity and friendly competition for single and unaccompanied Soldiers June 12-14 at Dacheon Beach. To learn more about upcoming events and the BOSS program, call 725-3176.
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Use the Buddy System
The U.S. Forces Korea “Stand Down for Standards” means that the curfew for Friday, April 24 will be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. followed by a recall formation for all Servicemembers Saturday morning. Our senior leaders want you to know that the acts of one individual can have a farreaching impact. That’s why each of us must completely understand our responsibilities, and act accordingly. All uniformed personnel will go through training April 25 on sexual assault prevention and reporting; customs and courtesies; understanding the culture of responsible choice; Service-specific core values; local policies; gangs in the military and leadership responsibilities. The training will also explain the buddy system. As the garrison commander, I am very concerned for your personal safety. I remind you of USFK Command Policy Letter #6, the “Buddy System.” We highly encourage that whenever you are off a military installation in Korea that you be accompanied by at least one other individual. This letter applies to all USFK military members, Depar tment of Defense Civilian Employees, invited contractors/ technical representatives and their respective Family Members. April is also “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Our Army Values and Warrior Ethos are ingrained in Army culture and drive our band of brothers and sisters to take care of each other. Army Values: nLoyalty nDuty nRespect nSelfless Service nHonor nIntegrity nPersonal Courage We all have a “buddy responsibility” to help prevent negative actions from occurring, whether it is sexual assault, alcohol-related misconduct, or unwise public behavior. Being with a friend you can trust to cover your back is a prudent action. It can keep you out of trouble and provide a “second pair of eyes” in any situation. I’m convinced that keeping the buddy system in mind will help on many levels. Review the USFK policy, take the coming training to heart, understand that we are ambassadors. We serve a common purpose here in the Republic of Korea. Take your presence seriously, and remember actions have consequences. Hooah! The Swedish Army Drum Corps will give a special performance to the Yongsan community Friday, April 24. They will be at the FMWR field at Seoul American High School at 1:20 p.m. and the Dragon Hill Lodge Garden at 5:30 p.m. — Courtesy photo
Swedish Army Drum Corps to perform
USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs YONGSAN GARRISON — The Swedish Army Drum Corps will give a special performance for the Yongsan community Friday, April 24. The military band will perform at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation field at Seoul American High School at 1:20 p.m. and the Dragon Hill Lodge Garden at 5:30 p.m. the same afternoon. The performances will last 3040 minutes. The group is on the peninsula to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and the Republic of Korea. The drum corps will give a special performance for Koreans 6 p.m. April 25 at the Seoul National Theatre. “The Swedish Army Drum Corps was founded in 1992 to take care of ceremonial duties,” said Swedish Army Maj. Carl Erlandsson, Swedish Delegation. Erlandsson is one of two Swedish officers serving on the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission at Panmunjom
stability in a good home and need to be greeted with care, concern and a smile. She does that in her duties as the first person to greet the customer Where does she work? at housing. Mrs. Evans works at the Why does she front desk of the busiest volunteer? housing division in IL Suk Evans Mrs. Evans assists Korea. the Servicemembers What does she do? She assists the Servicemembers and their and their Families with their housing Families with their housing needs. She needs. She ensures customers sign in and ensures customers sign in and understand understand which section they need to see. She ensures customers are seen in a which section they need to see. timely manner and helps with the off post How many hours per week? housing paperwork, ensuring adequate She volunteers 32 hours per week. copies are made. What impact does she have? Her impact on the community is fantastic. She is always there to greet the customer If you would like to learn more about with a smile. She is very articulate and volunteer opportunities at Yongsan, call makes customers feel at home. This the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan volunteer impact is important as families need coordinator at 738-7510. Il Suk Evans donates her time to the housing division. She was also nominated for the USAG-Yongsan Volunteer of the Quarter for the 1st quarter.
at the Demilitarized Zone. “We welcome all members of the Yongsan community to come out and see this special performance,” he said. “The Drum Corps is often seen at the Royal Palace in Stockholm at changing of the guard ceremonies, as well as other ceremonies for his majesty the King.” The band consists of 25 soldiers, all of them doing 11-months of national service. Erlandsson said although their primary mission is music, the soldiers also go through combat training to become guardsmen. While not performing ceremonies, the group has a special “Big Band” show program featuring Swedish march composers, Ricky Martin, the Beatles and even African rhythms. “The Drum Corps is highly regarded for their ability to perform during bad weather, and the marching display is famous for the high tempo and exact execution,” he said. Fortunately, the extended weather forecast for April 24 calls for cloudy skies with a high of 66 degrees.
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Scouting Round-up for Korea
Boy and Cub Scouts
April 18: “Carnival” Cub Scout Day Camp, Camp Coiner ball field (or picnic area). April 26: Spring Camporee, Camp Carroll, OA Ordeal Callout and Brotherhood Ceremony. May 9: Flag Retirement Ceremony, hosted by the Troop 80 Boy Scouts and Pack 89 Cub Scouts from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. by the Camp Coiner ball field (or picnic area).
UMUC wins $180 million contract to teach U.S. troops stationed in Asia
Multimillion-dollar DoD contract calls for UMUC to provide undergraduate instruction on-site for up to 6 more years in the U.S. Pacific Command
Courtesy of UMUC University of Maryland University College announced that it won an education contract—valued at $180 million by the U.S. Department of Defense—to deliver undergraduate programs on-site to U.S. troops stationed in countries in the U.S. Pacific Command. UMUC has been on the ground providing higher education to military Servicemembers in Asia since 1956 and to the military as a whole since 1949. The new contract runs for 12 months, renewable each year up to six years. “University of Maryland University College has a long tradition of providing a quality education to our men and women in uniform, in Maryland and abroad,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “We are proud that this fine school—part of the University System of Maryland—has been called upon to continue that tradition and extend its offerings to servicemembers across Asia, allowing them to continue their studies and prepare for a brighter future while protecting our country.” Under the contract, UMUC’s programs will be available to the more than 200,000 U.S. Servicemembers based in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Guam, Australia, Singapore and Thailand. Courses will be offered in Asian and foreign language studies and liberal arts; a bachelor’s degree in education will be offered in partnership with UMUC’s sister institution, Bowie State University. “Today’s announcement reinforces UMUC as an invaluable asset statewide, nationwide, and worldwide,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan. “This DoD contract positions UMUC to continue as the leading education provider for U.S. military personnel and their dependents. With more than 50 flag officers among UMUC graduates and more than 1 million servicemembers having taken courses from UMUC over the past 60 years, it is clear the institution is the worldwide education leader.” UMUC currently teaches in more than 20 countries, including in Europe and the Middle East. Last year, the university attracted media attention when it announced a DoD contract to teach troops stationed in countries in the U.S. Central Command, positioning it as the first American university to open classrooms on the ground in Iraq. “UMUC is now serving its third generation of servicemembers in Asia and around the world, and we are pleased and proud to continue our legacy of providing quality higher education programs to our nation’s troops, no matter where they are called to serve,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge.
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Contracting Command Korea schedules April Acquisition Conference
The Contracting Command Korea/411th Contract Support Brigade is holding an Advance Acquisition Planning Conference at the Army Community Services Building on April 29. The purpose of the Advanced Acquisition Planning Conference is to orient personnel on the Advanced Acquisition Planning Program, discuss acquisition policy that affects the program, and review procedures for submitting input into the annual plan. The conference will consist of a morning session from 9 - 11 a.m. to provide updates on the AAP program and additional acquisition information. Topics include Wide Area Workflow, Unauthorized Commitments, Contract Offloads, and Procurement Package Cut-off dates. There will also be an afternoon session from 1-3 p.m., which will provide information on purchase request packages, acquisition documents, and writing a performance work statement. The afternoon session is designed to assist Requiring Activities in putting together a complete procurement package. This session will be presented by the newly-formed CCK Customer Support Team. This team was formed specifically to assist contracting customers (Requiring Activities) in the procurement process. For more information on the Customer Support Team or the AAPP Conference, contact Jill Wodochek at 724-3336 or via e-mail at [email protected]
Phoenix renews graduate education military contract
Courtesy of University of Phoenix The University of Phoenix Graduate MBA and Graduate Education military contract for the Asia Pacific Theater was recently renewed. The contract provides educational services for the military community throughout the Pacific. The University of Phoenix provides both Graduate Business and Graduate Education programs for military personnel and their spouses and in an on-the-ground classroom setting. The programs are offered at the following military bases: Kadena, Iwakuni, Yakota, Osan and USAG-Humphreys Camp Zama, USAG-Yougsan, Misawa, Guam and USAG-Daegu.
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By 1st Lt. May Saetang Client Legal Services Division
National Healthcare Decisions Day: Everyone’s decision matters
separate order that states otherwise. These orders, commonly called “non-resuscitation orders for emergency medical services” are designed for people whose poor health gives them little chance of benefiting from CPR. These orders must be signed by your physician and instruct ambulance personnel not to attempt CPR if your heart or breathing should stop. Currently not all states have laws authorizing non-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders. Planning for you future healthcare ensures you will be able to live your life to the fullest until the end and in the way you want. Think about the following questions, adapted from the American Bar Association Toolkit for Advanced Care Planning: • Where do you want to die? At home? In a hospital or medical facility? Do you want to live close to relatives, friends or other loved ones? • Who do you want to take care of you? • What type of medical treatment do you want? What types of treatment do you not want? • Do you want to donate your organs for transplant? For medical, scientific, educational research? Which organs do you not want to donate? Having both a healthcare power of attorney and a living will enables your loved ones to handle the gray-area cases where it is not certain that you are terminally ill, or if your doctor or state law fails to give your wishes due weight. This is the time to discuss your future healthcare decision with your loved ones and your healthcare providers. Give your loved ones comfort and peace of mind by discussing and documenting your wishes. Please contact the Client Legal Services Division for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Eighth U.S. Army for information on, and preparation of, advance medical directives. The CLS Division is located in Room 229 of Building 4106 (the “ACS Building”) on South Post, U.S. Army Garrison - Yongsan. Legal assistance attorney appointments can be scheduled by calling DSN 738-8111. The customer service hours for the CLS Division are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org for more information about NHDD. Remember - Your Decision Matters!
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April 16 was the second annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of NHDD is to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity have both the information and opportunity to communicate and document their future health-care decisions. While making healthcare decisions is often difficult in the best of circumstances, making decisions for others is even more complicated. Each of us has the ability to guide our loved ones and healthcare providers about we want, and advanced medical directives are an effective means of ensuring that your health-care decisions are recognized and respected. There are two primary types of advanced medical directives: a healthcare power of attorney, and a living will. A healthcare power of attorney (or “proxy” or “agent” or “surrogate”) is, essentially, a special power of attorney appoints a person to act as your agent for your healthcare decisions at some future time, when you are unable to make those decisions yourself. Your healthcare agent should be a person you trust, who knows your wishes about medical treatment, and who is willing to take responsibility to ensure that your wishes are followed. You should ensure that your agent is willing to accept this significant responsibility, is aware of the degree of quality of life that is important to you, and the type and scope of medical treatments that you do (or do not) want to receive. A living will documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want in the event you are diagnosed with a terminal illness or are in a terminally unconscious state. A terminal illness is an incurable or irreversible condition with no possibility of recovery, which usually requires a diagnosis by two doctors in writing. A terminally unconscious state is when the patient has unconscious, comatose or otherwise incompetent for a specific period of time, usually of no less than 48 hours. A healthcare power of attorney and living usually become effective only after a person has been determined to be incapacitated or terminally ill. The criteria and method of that determination is controlled by state law. Advanced medical directives may not be effective in a medical emergency where ambulance personnel are called to the scene because ambulance personnel are required to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation unless they are given a
Trophy Nut Company conducts voluntary recall of in-shell roasted, salted pistachio nuts
Trophy Nut company announces the voluntary recall of in-shell roasted and salted pistachio nuts purchased from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. Patriots Choice Brand 1.75 oz Tube with code dates 10/23/2009 thru 1/3/2010 were identified as one of the recalled products found within USFK installations. The recalled product was immediately removed from store shelves at Camp Walker and Camp Carroll Shoppettes. Consumers should check for these products at home and should dispose of or return the product immediately to the facility from which it was purchased. For more information please refer to www.fda.gov which includes a current list of FDA recalled products. You may also contact 106th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service) at 736-3202, 5th Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine) at 725-4930 and Force Health Protection at 736-3033.
April 17 - 23
CASEY 730-7354 HENRY 768-7724 HUMPHREYS 753-7716 HOVEY 730-5412 KUNSAN 782-4987 OSAN 784-4930 RED CLOUD 732-6620 STANLEY 732-5565 YONGSAN 738-7389
Mall Cop (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Hannah Montana (G) 6:30 p.m. Friday the 13th (PG13) 7 p.m.
Hannah Montana (G) 6:30 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Pink Panther 2 (PG) 1 p.m. Monsters vs Aliens (PG) 7 p.m. Hannah Montana (G) 3:30 p.m. Friday the 13th (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m.
Taken (PG13) 8:30 p.m. Notorious (R) 6:30 p.m. Monsters vs Aliens (PG) 3 p.m. Push (PG13) 7 p.m. Hannah Montana (G) 3:30 p.m. Friday the 13th (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m. Hannah Montana (G) 7 p.m.
Hannah Montana (G) 7:30 p.m.
Taken (PG13) 7:30 p.m.
Frost/Nixon (R) 7 p.m.
Hannah Montana (G) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Pink Panther 2 (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Pink Panther 2 (PG) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Wall-E (PG) 6:30 p.m. Push (PG13) 9 p.m.
Push (PG13) 6:30 / 9 p.m.
Bride Wars (PG) 7 p.m.
He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 7 p.m.
Fast and Furious (PG13) 7 p.m.
Fast and Furious (PG13) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Fast and Furious (PG13) 6 / 8:30 p.m.
Friday the 13th (PG13) 6 / 8:30 p.m. Taken (PG13) 8:30 p.m.
Pink Panther 2 (PG) 6 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7:30 / 11 p.m.
I Love You Man (R) 7:30 / 11 p.m.
Fast and Furious (PG13) 7:30 / 11 p.m.
Friday the 13th (PG13) 7 p.m. Taken (PG13) 9 p.m. Friday the 13th (PG13) 7 p.m. Notorious (R) 9 p.m.
Push (PG13) 7 p.m.
Pink Panther 2 (PG13) 7 p.m.
New In Town (PG13) 7 p.m.
Bride Wars (PG13) 7 p.m.
Hannah Montana (G) 7 p.m.
Taken (PG13) 6 p.m. Push (PG13) 9 p.m. Fast and Furious (PG13) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m. Inkheart (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Pink Panther 2 (PG) 7 p.m.
He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 7 p.m.
Fast and Furious (PG13) 7 / 9 p.m.
Mall Cop (PG13) 7 p.m.
Fast and Furious (PG13) 5:30 / 8:30 p.m. Bride Wars (PG13) 6:30 p.m.
Pink Panther 2 (PG) 2 / 5 / 8 p.m. Mall Cop (PG13) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m. Inkheart (PG) 3:30 / 6:30 p.m.
Push (PG13) 7 p.m. My Bloody Valentine (PG13) 6 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 6 p.m.
Push (PG13) 7 p.m. My Bloody Valentine (PG13) 6 p.m. He’s Just Not That Into You (PG13) 6 p.m.
Friday the 13th (PG13) 7 p.m. Pink Panther 2 (PG) 6 p.m. Push (PG13) 6 p.m.
Friday the 13th (PG13) 7 p.m. Pink Panther 2 (PG) 6 p.m. Push (PG13) 6 p.m.
U.S. ID card holders enjoy free movies courtesy of Army MWR at U.S. Army installations in Korea.
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Area II Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday 0930 1030 1100 0800 0930 1100 1230 1430 0910 1330 1830 0930 0510 1000 Brian Allgood Hospital K-16 Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel South Post Chapel Hannam Village Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Collective Sunday Gospel Contemporary KATUSA Tuesday Korean Wednesday
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Area I Worship Schedule
Collective Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Gospel Sunday 1000 1000 1030 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 1100 Stone Chapel Stanley Chapel West Casey Chapel Warrior Chapel Crusader Chapel Hovey Chapel Memorial Chapel, Casey Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel Stanley Chapel 1230 1930 1300 1900 1840 1800 1830 1830 1830 1130 0900 1215 0930 1400 1830 CRC Warrior Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel Jackson Auditorium Camp Stanley Chapel Casey Stone Chapel Camp Castle Chapel Casey Memorial Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Stanley Chapel CRC Warrior Chapel West Casey Chapel Camp Hovey Chapel West Casey Chapel West Casey Chapel
Area III Worship Schedule
1100 1100 1100 1300 1700 1900 1930 Super Gym Suwon Air Base Chapel Camp Eagle Chapel Super Gym Super Gym Super Gym Super Gym
Area IV Worship Schedule
Collective Protestant Sunday Church of Christ Gospel Contemporary Friday Korean Tuesday Wednesday 1000 1030 1700 1215 1300 1900 1900 1830 Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Liturgical Sunday Contemporary Sunday Traditional Sunday Gospel Sunday Mision Pentecostal Hispana Sunday Korean Sunday United Pentecostal Sunday KATUSA Tuesday
COGIC Sunday KATUSA Sunday Sunday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Thursday
Mass Daily Sunday 1145 0930 1700 1700 1830 Annex 2 Chapel Super Gym Camp Eagle Chapel Suwon Air Base Chapel Annex 2 Chapel
Mass Sunday 0900 1130 1700 Camp Walker Camp Carroll Camp Walker
Seventh-Day Adventist Saturday Early Morning Service (Korean) Mon-Sat Episcopal Sunday
Every 2nd Friday
Jewish Worship Service
For information, contact Corey Ringer at [email protected]
, or call 753-3909
Every Friday at 1900 - Camp Walker Chapel, Classroom #1
Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday
Catholic Mass Saturday Sunday Sunday Mon/Thur/Fri Tues/Wed 1st Sat. Friday 1700 0800 1130 1205 1205 0900 1900 Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel Brian Allgood Hospital Memorial Chapel South Post Chapel
Later Day Saints
The Command Chaplain’s Office is here to perform, provide, or coordinate total religious support to the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army Servicemembers, their families and authorized civilians across the full spectrum of operations from armistice to war. Visit the U.S. Forces Korea Religious Support site at: www.usfk.mil/org/FKCH/Index.html?/org/FKCH/Contents/mission.htm for helpful links and information.
Korea-wide Army chaplain points of contact
USAG-Yongsan Chaplains Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David B. Crary: [email protected]
, 738-3009 Chaplain (Maj.) Adolph G. DuBose: [email protected]
, 738-4043 Chaplain (Maj.) Leo Mora Jr.: [email protected]
, 736-3018 USAG-Humphreys Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Klon K. Kitchen, Jr.: [email protected]
, 753-7274 Chaplain (Maj.) James E. O’Neal: [email protected]
, 753-7276 Chaplain (Capt.) Anthony Flores: [email protected]
, 753-7042 USAG-Red Cloud/Casey 2ID Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Richard Spencer: [email protected]
, 732-7998 Red Cloud Chaplain (Maj.) Fredrick Garcia: [email protected]
, 732-6169 Red Cloud Chaplain (Capt.) Mario Rosario: [email protected]
, USAG-Daegu Chaplains Chaplain (Maj.) Eddie Kinley: [email protected]
, 764-5455 Chaplain (Maj.) Edward Martin: [email protected]
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Area I Easter Egg Hunts delight children
By Jim Cunningham USAG-RC Public Affairs RED CLOUD GARRISON — To celebrate Easter and the Month of the Military Child, Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation along with Better Opportunities for Unaccompanied and Single Soldiers, USAG-RC Commissary, and Army and Air Force Exchange Service sponsored Easter egg hunts at USAG-RC, USAG-Casey and Camp Stanley April 10, 11, and 12. “BOSS teamed up with the Pear Blossom Cottage at USAG-Red Cloud and donated the hot dogs and pigs-in-a-blanket,” said Sgt. James Soto, president of Area I BOSS. “We also donated the eggs and the candies that go inside them.” Forty or so children hit the ground running April 10 on the USAG-RC Village Green to find plastic eggs with candy and special prizes hidden inside. “We are doing all we can to create a better atmosphere for command sponsored Families in Area I,” Soto said. “We want them to feel at home.” The USAG-RC commissary and Army and Air Force Exchange Service provided special prizes and food for the celebrations too. “The children are really having a good time with the food, eggs and face painting,” said Rebeca McBryar, Camp Castle Family Readiness Group, who brought her child, Alex. “Everybody got plenty of eggs.” “We have a lot of services involved this year for the Easter Egg Hunt,” said. Natasha Lyons, USAG-Red Cloud PBC manager. “We have the USAG-RC Library donating books, the Commissary donating food and AAFES donating the prizes, with BOSS helping with the food and the eggs.” “So far, I am the only face-painting artist,” she said. “This is our community and we want to make a cozy very homey event. We even have baked bread representing Easter, and we are proud to present this event.” A community Easter Egg Hunt attended by about three hundred Soldiers, Civilians and their and Family members was held at Camp Casey Stewart Field April 13. The annual event, also celebrated in conjunction with the month of the Military Child, put together by Casey /Hovey BOSS, Casey Community Activity Center and Library honors children as today’s “military heroes.” “Since 1986, the Department of Defense has recognized the Military Child as “heroes” to the Soldiers,” said CSM Nidal Saeed, USAG command sergeant major, in his opening remarks. “Today, FMWR and Casey-Hovey BOSS celebrate Easter to appreciate the special heroes of the community.” Certificates of appreciation were provided for parents to inscribe their child or children’s names and be presented at the event. “Casey/Hovey BOSS gave enough support to make it possible for the Casey CAC and Library to present this event today,” said Sally Hall, manager of the Casey CAC. “The event required a lot of support such as setting up, grilling burgers and hotdogs, food serving, coordinating for the games and cleaning up.”
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Parents and children of the USAG-Red Cloud community enjoy prizes and Easter eggs provided by BOSS, ACS, Red Cloud commissary, and AAFES during the annual FMWR Pear Blossom Cottage Easter Egg hunt held on the Village Green on USAG- Red Cloud April 10. To view photos online, visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Children enjoy games in Soldier Field during the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the USAG-Casey Community Activity Center April 11. — U.S. Army photo by Richard Hall
Children at the USAG-RC Easter egg hunt get their faces painted by Pear Blossom Cottage Manager Natasha Lyons April 10 during the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the PBC. Visit www.flickr.com/imcomkorea — U.S. Army photo by Jim Cunningham
Children hunt for Easter eggs with the assistance of the Easter Bunny April 11 in Soldier Field on USAG-Casey during the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the USAG-Casey Community Activity Center. — U.S. Army photo by Richard Hall
NEWS Sun shines on Humphreys Eggstravaganza
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By Sgt. M. Benjamin Gable 2nd CAB Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GaRRiSoN — Hundreds of children and their parents came out to gather Easter eggs and prizes at Independence Park, here April 11. Area III Moral, Welfare and Recreation hosted its 10thannual Easter Eggstravaganza celebration which featured more than 12,000 plastic eggs--of all colors and designs, filled with candies and prizes--spread across the park for children to gather up. The event, which was open to Soldiers, Civilians, Korean employees and their Families offered free toys, T-shirts, bags, souvenirs, inflatable rides and free food, among other activities. The Easter Bunny himself, along with fellow-costumed friends Chickie Chingu and Big Bird helped children of all ages find as many eggs as they could carry during the half-hour long hunt. They also posed for photos and participated in the sack race event and face painting. “This is a great event for everyone,” said the Easter Bunny. “Just seeing these kids enjoying themselves really makes my day.” It takes more than sunny weather and the Easter Bunny, though, to put on an Easter egg hunt. Mike Mooney, USAG-Humphreys MWR Marketing Chief noted behindthe-scenes efforts of more than 20 volunteers who made this event possible. “This is one of the biggest events we have each year,” he said. “It’s a team effort and everyone from Soldiers to Civilians made this event happen.” According to Mooney, the event took weeks of planning from everyone involved. The volunteers for the event included youth services, recreation services, marketing and Soldiers and Civilians from the BOSS programs and Army Community Services. Mooney said the volunteers stuffed eggs, ensured the inflatable rides were working
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Humphreys Garrison community members await the start of the 10th annual Easter Eggstravaganza egg and toy hunt at Independance Park here, April 11. About 500 people participated in the event. — U.S. Army photo by Sarah Dobson properly, prepared free foods, worked in the face-painting department and made sure every child had a great time. After the volunteers put in the hard work, the children reaped the benefits. MWR filled many eggs with gift certificates worth as much as $50. The eggs also contained small stuffed Easter bunnies and souvenirs. The children and Family Members were also treated to free hamburgers and hot dogs. The smiling children weren’t the only ones who enjoyed themselves Saturday morning. Volunteer and BOSS representative Spc. Daniel Harrison, a mail clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, arrived at Independence Park early and stayed afterwards to give a helping hand. “I enjoyed seeing the kids running around and their enthusiasm,” he said. “It’s a children’s-based event, but makes me feel good also.” Whenever the Easter holiday event falls, the result is always the same. “The kids and their Family Members always have a great time,” said Mooney. “It’s all about the smiles.” MWR will not stop with the Easter event. In the coming months they will host and support events ranging from bowling and tennis qualifier tournaments to Splish and Splash events and concerts.
Small plastic toys and childrens masks were among thousands of MWR giveaways during the 10th Annual Eggstravanaza event here April 11. — U.S. Army photos by Sarah Dobson
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35th ADA Soldiers host Combatives tournament
By Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich 35th ADA Brigade Public Affairs OSAN AIR BASE — Arm bars, crosscollar chokes and strikes set the tone for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Combatives Tournament held in the Osan Air Base gym April 4. A total of 120 competitors from across the Korean peninsula and Japan competed in the day-long tournament that tested their combative skills, agility and endurance. While competitors came from each branch of service, fighters followed the rules and regulations of Modern Army Combatives. During the starting matches, competitors could only earn points through take-downs and submissions. As the matches progressed, regulations gave combatants opportunities to slap, punch, kick and even use their knees to take down their opponent, said event coordinator Spc. Patricia Nicholas, 35th ADA Bde. Those who won the preliminaries fought in a middle boxing room, surrounded by cheering fans. Brawlers who braved the ring and won, walked away with a medal and bragging rights for the year ahead. Pfc. Jennifer Schlein, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 94th Military Police Battalion, snatched the women’s middleweight title from Pfc. Shelly Najera of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in a spirited battle. Staff Sgt. Katherine Atkinson of Charlie Battery 3rd Battalion, 2nd ADA Battalion, kept on the offensive and squashed Pfc. Catalina Velasquez of HHB, 35th ADA Bde. for the women’s heavyweight title. “She was a more experienced fighter and had much better skills that I did,” said Velasquez. “I couldn’t do anything but try and defend myself the entire time.” Sgt. Ruben Covarrubias of Alpha Company, 524th Military Intelligence Battalion, won the men’s lightweight division title following a match with Staff Sgt. Chito Anicete of the 51st Aerospace Medical Services. The welterweight title went to Sgt. Ian Peters of Team Yongsan after a hearty fist-throwing fight with Cpl. Christopher Muniz, 3-2 ADA who walked in second. While the other fights took a mere one to two rounds to complete, the middle weight battle took an entire 15 minutes. After the long engagement, Capt. Jiwan Chung walked away as middle weight champion, leaving Sgt. William Majestic with 3-2 ADA in a close second. Although he was fighting for first place, Majestic accepted the second place medal with a smile. “It was my first Mixed Martial Arts competition so I went into the tournament to just have fun,” said Majestic. Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Duncan, 8th Army Chaplain’s office pounded Spc. Mark Richardson, Bravo Company, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion, into a second place finish, giving an experienced Duncan the cruiserweight title. Duncan had a reputation that Richardson
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Sgt. Francine Carriaga (top) battles Pfc. Shelly Najera during middleweight Army Combatives tournament action at Osan Air Base April 4. — U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gretchen N. Goodrich said he was well aware of before heading into the ring. “I was proud to take second against such a good fighter,” said Richardson. Sgt. 1st Class Brandt Vansoolen of 1st Battalion 1st ADA in Japan knocked out 2nd Lt. Edward Murtagh of Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion 5th ADA, with a jaw-dropping left uppercut, leaving Murtagh in second and claiming the light heavyweight title for himself. Airman 1st Class David Gay of the 51st Security Forces slammed Sgt. 1st Class Erick Clark of 3-2 ADA to the ground during the heavyweight finals, giving Gay the heavyweight title of the event. While it was Clark’s last time to compete in a combatives tournament, it was Gay’s first competition. Team Yongsan walked away with the team trophy for accumulating the most points throughout the entire event.
‘I teach my Soldiers what was taught to me by my NCO’s’
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — For many new enlistees in the Army, the road to the noncommissioned officer ranks begins before enlistment day. It starts with inspirations that range from a sense of patriotic duty to role models in the community or an immediate Family member who also served their country in the armed forces. Sgt. Raymond Lancer, 52nd Ordnance Company, has served as an ammunition specialist throughout his ten years of active duty Army service. When he was 18, he noted his older brothers pride serving in the Army as an NCO and decided it was time for a change of pace from the Navaho Indian Reservation in Arizona where he was born and raised. “I enlisted in the Army because my brother showed our family how proud he was to wear the Army uniform and how successful he was as a combat medic during his 12 years of service,” he said. “He got to see different areas of the world outside of the reservation.” Lancer completed basic training at Fort Sill, Okla., but his first tour of duty was not exactly what he had hoped for. “I didn’t like first duty station that much because it was the same place I did my basic training,” he said. In spite of being stationed at the same installation where he completed basic training, Lancer received training from NCO’s whose names he remembers nearly a decade later. “I had really good NCOs there that stood out to me because they taught me a lot about my job,” he said. Lancer is now on his second tour in Republic of Korea and has also served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lancer said there one’s one event that happened to his unit that stands out. “While I was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, I was deployed to OIF 1 and OIF 3,” he said. “During one of my tours, we had a storage point where one of the captured enemy rounds cooked off in the hot sun and exploded, causing a lot of follow-on explosions that I’ll never forget.” Lancer said he’s worked with ammunition from 9mm rounds up to Patriot missiles. “I like my job and it’s definitely an enjoyable job,” he said. “I teach my Soldiers what was taught to me by my NCOs and warrant officers and there have been times when my former Soldiers e-mail me to say ‘thanks’ for the mentorship and training and I’m really glad about that because other than working in my job, working side-by-side with Soldiers and molding them to be the next leaders to come up in the ranks is the biggest reward I get serving in the Army. “When I achieved promotion to sergeant, I was in Iraq in OIF 1 and being pinned there by my platoon sergeant was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in the Army. The Soldiers tried to knock me over during the congratulation gauntlet but I remained standing.” Lancer notes that a key to achieving professional success in the Army for junior enlisted Soldiers is adaptability. “The Army mission tempo is sometimes fast, sometimes slow and if you’re new to the Army, you should just keep fluid and patient – and be able to adjust to the different tempos,” he said. “Last-minute changes are opportunities to get the work done now versus getting it done later.” Lancer still calls the Navaho Indian Reservation in Arizona where he grew up home and, during visits there, shares a common bond with fellow Veterans. “I get a lot of respect at home on the reservation, but most Navahos I grew up with who entered military service joined the U.S. Marines,” he said. “When we come home we are all looked at differently than normal citizens because we served in the military and in a sense because we are protecting our families and our people. My entire family is proud that I have served. “During August, we observe Navaho Code Talker Day and when I’m home I take the time to visit the Code Talker Monument … and remember one of the choices that I made to enlist was inspired by the same choices they made to serve and protect our way of life and our land.” Another aspect Lancer takes to heart
Sgt. Raymond Lancer, 52nd Ordnance Company. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall
when he’s home visiting family and friends involves the person who inspired him to serve in the Army, as his father and grandfather did before him. “I always thank my brother for inspiring me to serve in the Army and I don’t get to see my family as much as I like to but I always tell them I’ll be back.”
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Organizational Self-Assessment If you have received a copy of the memorandum notifying your selection to participate in the OSA, you will conduct the survey May 11-22. The OSA is an industry-proven, web-based survey tool. For more information contact Ms. So at 754-3885 or [email protected]
Humphreys to kick-off Ready Army campaign
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs H U M P H R EY S G A R R I S O N — Humphreys Garrison will kick-off its Ready Army campaign during a Town Hall meeting at the Community Activity Center here, 6 p.m., April 21. The Ready Army campaign – part of an Army-wide partnership with the Department of Homeland Security – is designed to prepare Soldiers, Civilians and their Families at installations and communities worldwide to prepare for and take care of themselves during a natural or manmade disaster. “Through the Ready Army campaign, our intention is to encourage emergency preparedness,” said Staff Sgt. Charles Garland, Directorate Plans and Operations non-commissioned officer in charge. “Col John E. Dumoulin, Jr., Humphreys Garrison commander, will announce the launch of the program at our Town Hall meeting and we’ll have an example of a Ready Army 72-hour disaster preparedness kit on display at that time.” Garland added that Ready Army information posters that show items that can go in the kit are on display now in the aisles at the Humphreys commissary. Garland said he hopes the Ready Army campaign will not only inform Families of disaster preparedness but also encourage them to build their own 72-hour kits. American Red Cross station manager Kalyn Simpson said the Ready Army disaster preparedness kit is very similar to the Red Cross and non-combatant evacuation operations disaster preparedness kits. “As you’re creating your home kit, or go kit you should pack light items of nutritional value like tuna fish and cracker meals and dried fruit” said Simpson. “Also, include small flashlights with AA batteries instead of large, D battery flashlights because during a potential evacuation, you’ll be traveling and want to make sure you’re not weighed down too much as you’re already going to be carrying extra clothes and bottled water to carry you through safely.” Simpson encourages Spouse and Family readiness groups to contact the Red Cross here at [email protected]
or DSN: 753-7172 to schedule a time to hear from volunteers who will share their first-hand accounts of what it was like to be caught short-handed of critical survival items during natural disasters like snowstorms, floods or hurricanes. “We learned first-hand during the heavy snow fall here in January how important a 72-hour kit can be,” she said. “Several Families were caught off guard when the commissary closed and were without baby food for several days.”
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Humphreys Construction Update As Humphreys Garrison grows during the next several years construction projects will cause interruptions of electrical and water service as well as detours and delays on our roads. We ask your patience as we transform our post into the Installation of Choice on the Korean Peninsula. We will provide weekly updates and construction news to keep the community informed. • There will be a scheduled water outage Saturday, April 18 from 0900 through 1600. Affected buildings will be ROK MND, 805, 808, 809, 811, 844, 845, 848, 1204, 1272, and 1280. • Freedom Road water line replacement is continuing. Please watch for construction equipment in roadways and signal man directing traffic. • The Freedom Road walking and bike path is being replaced. This work will take approximately 90 days. • Pavement resurfacing and relocation of end lights and airfield fire hydrant systems are all under way. Around eight percent of all work completed. Estimated completion is May 28. KATUSA/U.S. Soldier Friendship Week USAG-Humphreys April 20-24 Morning activities (10-11:30 a.m.) held at MP Hill gym begin Monday with Martial Arts performances by ROKA Special Forces, relay run, arm wrestling and basketball; afternoon activities (1:30-4:30 p.m.) at Independance Park to include softball, soccer, vollyball, football, and Korean wrestling/Cavalry battle game. Entertainment and Recreation Yolanda Adams will perform at the Humphreys Community Activity Center Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. U.S. - Korean Freindship Eight Ball games will take place at the Humphreys Community Activity Center Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Earth Day Activities The environmentally-themed movie WALL E will show at the Humphreys Post Theater Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Gong Show looking for talent! Singers, dancers, comedians, and magicians are needed for the Gong Show, April 25 at the Humphreys Community Activity Center. Call 753-8828 for details. We want to publish your stories and photos in The Morning Calm Weekly and on the USAG-Humphreys Command Channel. Please send any information or products to Ken Hall at the USAGHumphreys Public Affairs Office at 754-8847 or [email protected]
600 Soldiers celebrate Year of the NCO with 5K run
(left to right) Command Sergeant Major Victor Garcia, Defense Commissary Agency Senior Enlisted Advisor, USAG-Humphreys Garrison Command Sergeant Major Jason K. Kim and USAG-Humphreys Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Jang, Dae-sung raise their fists in jubilation as they lead more about 600 U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers to the finish of the second in a series of 5 kilometer runs here celebrating Year of the Noncommissioned Officer. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall
National Volunteer Week to celebrate Humphreys community heroes
By Suzanne James USAG-Humphreys Army Community Service HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Army Community Services will host National Volunteer Week during the week of April 20-24. The event is a week-long celebration that recognizes Area III volunteers and celebrates their selfless contributions to the Humphreys Garrison community. N a t i o n a l Vo l u n t e e r We e k i s commemorated every April throughout military installations to promote community volunteerism and recognize everyday heroes in our midst who do so much good. At Humphreys Garrison, these heroes teach Army Family Team Building classes, lead Family Readiness Groups, conduct English and Korean language classes, coach youth sports teams and assist with Chapel and Red Cross programs. The examples of our community’s volunteers’ selfless community service goes on and on. Among the displays and events taking place will be the Humphreys Garrison community volunteers heroes’ photos “Volunteer Heroes in Action” display at ACS, Bldg. 311, April 20-24. On April 23, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m., there will be a special volunteer appreciation potluck for the ACS Volunteer Corps, and on April 24, 11:30 – 1 p.m., there will be a Volunteer Recruitment Drive at the Post Exchange Mini Mall. Also, the Volunteer of the 2nd Quarter awards ceremony will take place, April 24, 2 – 3 p.m., at the Family Readiness Center. In addition, during National Volunteer Week, the accomplishments of the Army Family Action Plan Program will be on display at ACS, April 20-24, in commemoration of the Army Family Action Plan Program’s 25th Anniversary. For more information, please contact Denise Chappell, Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator/Army Family Action Plan Program Manager at [email protected]
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Ping pong prodigy tours peninsula
By Ken Hall USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs HUMPHREYS GARRISON — Fivetime U.S. junior table tennis champion Austin Preiss visited Humphreys Garrison last week to promote his sport and take on any challengers. Preiss, 14, and his father Scott, have been touring Department of Defense installations around the world to promote the sport among military communities and to give all-comers a shot at winning a match against one of America’s best in the sport. There have been many challengers, but Austin’s six-year record of defeating all comers during public exhibitions now includes a string of victories in Republic of Korea, starting at Osan Air Base April 6 and wrapping up here April 7. About 50 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members watched Austin and Scott play at the MP Hill gym; some also played a few games with him after the exhibition. “He’s awesome – an amazing player,” said Chief Warrant Officer Sean Chrisman, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion. Chrisman plays table tennis every day but he couldn’t defeat Preiss. But Austin was not the only star on the stage that day, his father, Scott, demonstrated some eye-popping shots too. Scott has performed table tennis shows for more than 25 years world-wide to promote the sport, which includes his own style of table tennis comedy, crowd interaction and trick shots. “There are 500 table tennis clubs in the States, but in Germany, table tennis is one of their favorite sports and there are 10,000 table tennis clubs there,” said Scott. “Table tennis may not be the most famous sport in the U.S. – and you can call table tennis ‘ping pong’ – but it’s been an Olympic sport since 1988 and had its debut at the Seoul Olympic Games, where Korea won the men’s singles gold medal. “This is a sport that is gender-equal and kids that don’t play traditional sports get a
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Five-time U.S. junior table tennis champion Austin Preiss makes a serve during an exhibition match at the Humphreys Garrison MP Hill gym here April 7. Preiss has gone undefeated in six years of exhibition matches against all comers. — U.S. Army photo by Ken Hall chance to build their self-esteem in a sport countries,” said Austin. “I love coming to two former Chinese world table tennis that’s not as demanding as other sports until Korea and seeing military Families and wish champions at the U.S. Olympic training you get to the Olympic level. It gives kids we could come here more often but school center in Colorado Springs – Austin’s success who sit on the side and watch – the ones and training keeps me really busy. The sport as a junior table tennis superstar could be the who aren’t invited to play in other sporting is slowly rising, and kids all know exactly beginning of an emerging family tradition. “It’s more of a mental challenge than activities – a chance to participate and be what it is.” There is no loss of game time at the Preiss anything else,” said Austin. “At times, I recognized,” he said. get too much down on myself but I’m Scott noted that when it comes to table home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Austin’s mother Hong Yu was an competing in Israel this summer and I’m tennis, Austin’s motto is “I want to beat the accomplished table tennis player in Shanghai, looking forward to getting tournament Chinese at their own game.” experience against players from around the Austin is more than just a talented China prior to her marriage to Scott. “She used to play a lot when she was world. This will be my chance to raise the athlete; along with his five national U.S. table tennis junior titles he also maintains young and she’s really good and knows what bar a little bit for myself.” Austin’s goal is one shared by other a 3.8 academic grade point average and has it takes to make it … but it’s still hard to an eight handicap in golf on his high school find people to play in the U.S., especially in world-class athletes: the Olympics. He Colorado,” said Austin. has his sights set on making Team USA golf team. With unwavering support at home to challenge the best in the world for an “Table tennis is not really popular in the U.S., but it’s really popular in Asian from his family – including coaching from Olympic Gold medal in 2012.
The Osan Animal Shelter needs your help
By Joni Ramsey USAG-Humphreys Public Affairs H U M PH R EY S G A R R I S O N — Americans throughout the area have a soft spot in their hearts for animals. It’s what makes us pay the big bucks to ship our pets from country to country and what attracts us to pet store windows. It is also what makes us want to help animals that are in need. Volunteers at the Osan Animal Shelter are doing just that. The Osan shelter has taken in more than 250 animals since January of 2008. Remarkably, it is run completely by volunteers and is funded entirely by donations and adoption fees. The shelter is a small one, housed in what used to be a surgical recovery room for the Veterinary Treatment Facility. The 25-foot by 6 foot room (also used to store various supplies) can hold up to ten animals at a time, although it usually contains between two and five animals. There is also a small isolation room for stray animals that have been taken in without proof of medical history. Every day, volunteers from throughout Area III come to the shelter to provide individual care for each animal and to help keep the shelter clean and organized. “You see these animals that just need somebody to love them and you can’t help but come in,” says Monica Hoagland. “Everyone does their part to help train the animals and find families for them as quickly as possible.” Not only do volunteers help with administrative duties and day-to-day care for the animals, they also set up fundraisers and adoption fairs for their shelter, as well as Animal Rescue of Korea and the Korean Animal Protection Society in an attempt to assist other area shelters. The Osan Animal Shelter can’t run without volunteers and they need your help. If you are interested, call 031-661-6614 or stop by the Osan VTF, Building 766 at Osan Air Base and pick up a volunteer application packet. The shelter will conduct the next Volunteer Training Class soon, and those interested in training can also call the shelter to find out when the next training class is scheduled. If you can’t volunteer, but would like to make a donation, please contact the shelter to learn what is needed. Storage space is very limited, so the shelter buys on an as needed basis. Cash and pet food donations are always appreciated.
Interested in Adopting a Pet?
Danni Armstrong, Osan Volunteer Shelter Manager, recommends visiting the shelter before deciding to purchase a pet from local pet stores. “Our animals are deemed healthy with no long-term medical issues,” Armstrong said. “We also do behavior assessments to ensure your family adopts a well-tempered animal.” The cost of adoption is $52, which includes initial vaccines, heartworm testing (for dogs) and leukemia testing (for cats) and micro-chipping. SAVE an animal, SAVE some cash. What more could you ask for?
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Good-Neighbor Program connects Yongnam Tech High School with Daegu Garrison Community
By Kim, Ayeon USAG-Daegu Public Affairs Youngnam Technical High School students visited Camp Henry and Camp Walker on April 10. Forty students and their teachers arrived at Camp Henry at 11 o’clock. The installation tour began with a look around the Headquarters building for USAG-Daegu. Students had time to talk with Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Abbott. Abbott, who answered their questions concerning the U.S. Army and took pictures with them as well. Jo, Yul-bum, one of students, said “I am impressed with the Headquarter because the U.S. Army’s offices are very different from ours.” Spc. Michael H. Shelton introduced barracks life to the students. Students also looked around the AKO Center where Soldiers can use computers, a laundry room and recreation space. The students showed interest in the facilities in the barracks. “Because I could visit here, I am very proud. I hope other students also can visit a U.S. Army Garrison,” said Kim, Jin-ha, a student. Another student, Kim Chul-woo, added, “It was a special and great experience. If I become good at English, I will apply for KATUSA and work here.” After the barracks tour, the students got to tour Camp Henry, and then went to Camp Walker’s Dining Facility to have lunch. Only Soldiers can use the DFAC, but the visitors were allowed to have lunch there on this occasion. “There are a lot of interesting things here. I am especially interested in the DFAC. The food at the DFAC was quite different from Korean traditional food which I have all the time. It’s a good chance to eat food from different cultures,” said Jo Il-min, a student on the tour. They visited Camp Walker’s Commissary and the camp’s Communities Activity Center after having lunch. The CAC provides various recreation facilities, so students could play musical instruments, table tennis, billiards and video games while they visited. The most popular place of this installation tour was the library. Librarian, Sheri Lewis introduced the library to students. “The library is great. They have many kinds of books, CDs and DVDs,” said Park, Min-gyu, one of the visitors. Lewis said, “I love that Korean students come and visit
here. I enjoy meeting people and teaching a little American culture, but mostly learning about Korean culture.” When the installation tour finished at the CAC most students wanted to stay longer. To strengthen the relationship between U.S. Army Garrison and Daegu city, the Army has sponsors various kinds of programs like this tour as part of the USFK Good Neighbor Program. “I feel like I am in USA. I thought Soldiers were not friendly, but they were very kind. I want to have an opportunity to visit here again,” said student, Kwun, Su-un. Student Lee, Chu-el said, “These programs can let us experience other cultures. It will be helpful to better the relationship between the U.S. Army and us.” Kim Bit-na added, “U.S. Army Garrison is better than my expectation. I want to live here. I feel the U.S. Army is like my family member. These feelings are good for developing our relationship.” “Today’s tour will help students understand the Army. Students can learn American culture even though they can’t speak English well and without having to travel to the States. “I hope more students can visit U.S. Army Garrison continuously,” Kwon, Ki-sub, one of the teachers on the tour, said.
(TOP) After taking a tour around Daegu Garrison, 40 Yongnam Technology High School students and faculty members pose in front of the Headquarter building of Daegu Garrison with Daegu Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Abbott. (BOTTOM) Yongnam Technology High School students look around Camp Walker’s Commissary during the garrison tour. Visit www. flickr.com/imcomkorea for online photos. — U.S. Army Photos by Kim, Ayeon
Remember these rules for more enjoyable running
By Modesto C. Algarin Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Director Want to enjoy running or take it a notch further? Than these running rules are for you. Spring is here and this is just a reminder to get out and get moving because summer is just around the corner. There’s still plenty of time to get ready and get in shape for whatever it is you want to accomplish during your summer fun. Here are some things to remember as you gear up to take your running to the next level. By the way, this is the fastest way to shed those extra pounds you added during the winter holidays and work out of hibernation and into “full spring”.
Do your own thing.
Whether you are running or racing, go your own pace, in your own space. Mix it up and don’t run over the same surface all the time. This will help you protect your most valuable assets: your legs!
one side to let faster runners pass by. Join in your local MWR races they may be right for you and your skill level, safety, rather than venturing somewhere you don’t feel comfortable or don’t know. Use your buddy system if you do decide to run outside the perimeter, and make sure to know your whereabouts.
Leash your best friend.
Bringing your pooch to road races is discouraged by most race directors, but many of your fellow competitors won’t mind too much, as long as you keep your four-legged friend close.
For your safety!
You are Army Strong. Don’t forget, watch your step. There is a reason why aid stations are often on both sides of crowded race courses, so you don’t have to cut people off to get to them. – See RUNNING, Page 28 –
Keep it down. Know your place.
Starting lines get crowded, especially when ambitious and impatient runners and walkers start too far in front. If you find yourself slowing down, pull over to Sure, talking helps pass the miles, but not everyone wants to eavesdrop. Other irritants can be loud iPods, slapping footfalls, tossing or jangling keys and beeping heart-rate monitors.
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By Marianne Campano 65th Medical Brigade CAMP WALKER — Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world; in the United States it remains the second leading cause of death. In 2008, more than 1,437,000 cancer cases were reported, and more than 565,000 people died of cancer. To raise awareness, an all night cancer relay is being held at Camp Walker Field, Daegu on May 15. Free housing will be provided to those visiting Daegu from other areas. During April, individuals are encouraged to form teams of 3-12 people to walk, jog or run on the track throughout the night of the 15th. When not on the track, this is a wonderful opportunity to visit Daegu, and enjoy the sights, shopping and activities in the area. This event aims to increase awareness within the military and local communities of the different types of cancer, cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, and to honor those who have battled, or
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Lifeguard Instructor Training Become a certified American Red Cross lifeguard instructor! Volunteering as an instructor brings lifesaving skills to the community. Lifeguard instructor training, including CPR for the professional rescuer instructor certification, lifeguarding management and lifeguard instructor certification, will be held, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, May 4 - 8 at Camp Walker Pool. Limited space available. Call 768-7993 or stop by Camp Henry American Red Cross center for more information. Open AA Meeting Anyone with a sincere desire to quit drinking alcohol, here’s the solution for you. Camp Carroll Chapel holds an AA meeting every Monday from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. at Camp Carroll Chapel Annex. Protestant Women Garden Party The Daegu Protestant Women of the Chapel invite you to join us for a Garden Party, Wednesday, April 22 at 6:15 p.m. in the Chapel Fellowship Hall. Childcare provided. Contact [email protected]
for additional information. Employment Awareness Seminar Employment Awareness Seminar will be held, 30 April from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Henry’s Place, Camp Henry. Family members & transitioning military personnel will enhance your job search campaign. So meet the subject matter expert and ask questions. Register by April 23. For more information, contact 768-7951 at Employment Readiness Program, Army Community Services or e-mail: [email protected]
Discussion with Pediatrician Pediatrician David Ayer will conduct a discussion on Sex, Relationships and Abstinence on April 19 and 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Daegu American High School Gym. The target audience is youth (6-12th grade). Parents are welcome! Pizza will be served. For more information, contact Martie Blanton at 768-7232. Jewish Religious Services Every Friday evening at 7 p.m. Jewish religious service will be held at the Camp Walker Chapel, Bldg. S260 Classroom #1. The service will be followed by an Oneg (fellowship) with refreshments. For information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Herve Abrams at 7657737 or 010-8687-7706. We Want Your Stories If you want to advertise any events or information for the Area IV community in the Morning Calm Weekly or Command Channel, please send an e-mail to [email protected]
korea.army.mil or contact Ms. Lee by calling 768- 8513.
All-night Cancer Awareness Relay event scheduled for May15-16
are currently battling cancer. Register by May. 6 by calling the Public Health Nurse: 764-4819 or e-mail: [email protected]
us.army.mil. Cancer is to a large extent avoidable.
Many cancers can be prevented. Others can be detected early in their development, treated and cured. Let’s join together in this relay event to prevent cancer, raise awareness and honor those who have battled cancer.
Camp Carroll Pull-Ups challenge competition
said it was awesome,” he added. Camp Carroll Crown Jewel Sports and Fitness Center has programmed several events opened to Soldiers and Civilians for fun and to promote a healthy way of living. Besides the pull-ups challenge, they also conducted the “Third 10-mile Ruck Sack Challenge” April 11. Summer is just around the corner and there is still plenty of time to get ready to get in shape. It is highly recommended to participate in such events in the future for fun, pride and fitness. For more information contact the Fitness Center at 765-8287 The results of the competition are: • 1st Place Women’s Open, Capt. Cassandra Crosby, 498th CSS BN, 7 each Pull-ups • 2nd Place Women’s Open 1st Lt. Benaz Nabavian, 4-5th ADA BN BTRY, 6 each Pull-ups • 1st Place Elite Senior’s (Men Over 40), John D. Hooten, 1st Sgt. 498th CSS BN, 32 each Pull-ups • 2nd Place Elite Senior’s (Men Over 40), Lt. Col. Robert B. Maurio, 26 each Pull-ups completed • 1st Place Men’s Open, Maj. Shawn F. Fernandez, 19th ESC, 501st SBDE S3, 20 each Pull-ups • 2nd Place Men’s Open Capt. Thomas C Smith, 19th ESC, MSCK, 84th OD BN, 18 each Pull-ups
498th CSS BN, 1st Sgt. John D. Hooten placed first in Elite Senior’s category by completing 32 pull-ups. — U.S. Army Photo by Modesto C. Algarin By Pfc. Lee, Dodam USAG-Daegu Public Affairs CAMP CARROLL — On April 9, the Camp Carroll Sports and Fitness Center hosted the first ever pull-ups challenge competition. The idea for this event came from a suggestion given by Lt. Col. Maurio., DDDK commander, who had participated in a similar event during a deployment. “He was kind enough to share his experience so I set up a date and a few months later here we were at last,” said Sports, Fitness & Aquatics director Modesto C. Algarin who organized the day’s event. “It’s the first time ever I don’t think anyone had a complaint. I would like to see much more participation in the future. Like they
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material. c. When they burn down to 1/2 inch of their holder or any decorative material d. It is okay to let candles burn out themselves 6. Candle holders should be ______. a. Pretty b. Able to tip over easily c. Filled with dried flowers d. Made of material that can’t burn and is big enough to catch wax 7. Almost half of home fires started by candles begin in _______. a. The Kitchen b. The Bedroom c. The Living room d. The Attic 8. Kids and teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to burn candles in their bedrooms. a. True b. False 9. It is okay to put lit candles in windows or near doorways if there is only an occasional draft. a. True b. False 10. The best way to extinguish a candle is to: a. Blow on it b. Pinch the flame with your fingers c. Use a long-handled candlesnuffer d. Pour water on it If you have any questions about Fire Safety, contact your local Fire Prevention Office. For Camp Walker, Henry & George call Mr. Sin at 768-7867, for Camp Carroll and Apo call Mr. Yon at 765-7190. Answers: 1. B, 2. B, 3. B, 4. B, 5. A, 6. D, 7. B, 8. A, 9. B, 10. C
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Safety Corner What’s your candle safety IQ?
Candles may look nice and smell good, but they’re a growing fire threat in our communities. On military installations candles became such a hazard that they are now band from use in offices, work spaces, dormitories and lodging. For all other locations, knowing the facts about candles is a key to fire safety. Take this test and see how many questions you can answer correctly. Good luck! 1. Candles should be kept _____ away from things that can burn: a. A couple of inches b. One Foot c. Two Feet d. Three Feet 2. It is okay to burn candles around kids and pets. a. True b. False 3. During a power outage it is important to have: a. Candles and Matches ready to go b. Flashlights and Batteries c. A deck of cards and board games d. A combination of Candles and Flashlights 4. It is alright to leave the room while a candle is burning if you will be right back. a. True b. False 5. When should candles be extinguished? a. When they burn down to two inches of their holder or any decorative material. b. When they burn down to one inch of their holder or any decorative
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Focus on where you aim your water or your spit. Be courteous of those who are around you. products. Runners tend to be forgiving of bodily functions, but there’s a limit.
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Just run for fun
Remember it is not about winning, but about finishing what you start! Just do it! If you are interested in finding a local race, check out your local Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports and Fitness program has an array of programs right with you on mind. In Camp Walker Sports and Fitness Center call 764-4800 and at Camp Carroll Sports and Fitness Center 765-8118. Just remember, the professionals of FMWR are always readily available to support you on your road to good health and fitness. They support you in one way, the right way!
Dress for Your Mom
Wearing appropriate clothing is important. It is very also good to know the clothing is non–revealing when it gets damp from excessive sweating.
Don’t be a Stinker
Unpleasant odors carry outdoors, too. It should go without saying, but wear clean clothes and limit your use of personal
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